Workplace accidents: What if they happen at home?

| Jun 12, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

The Missouri Workers’ Compensation Law protects Missouri workers who suffer on-the-job injuries. While some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others, all workers, no matter what industry they happen to be in, are at risk for workplace accidents. Complex issues can make filing a workers’ compensation claim quite challenging, such as if the injury in question occurred while working from home.

There has been a push for employers to pay attention to where employees are working. While employers cannot post safety regulation warnings or reminders in a worker’s home, they are still obligated to make sure their employees have safe working environments. Especially in cases where a worker has a disability that prevents him or her from being able to leave home to work, the employer must make sure that the worker has proper equipment and training to help avoid injuries on the job.

One of the factors taken into consideration when determining whether a workplace injury that occurs at home is compensable is whether the worker asked to work from home for his or her convenience or was complying with an employer’s request. An injured worker must establish a connection between his or her injury and the workplace duties that were being carried out when the accident occurred. If an injury is suffered while carrying out a duty or task that is integral or necessary to the worker’s job, workers’ comp benefits would likely be available.

Missouri employees who suffer injury in workplace accidents may encounter numerous legal challenges while navigating the claims process. It is a good idea to seek clarification of state or federal laws that govern such matters. The best way to do that is to request a meeting with an experienced workers’ compensation law attorney.