Obtaining Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Injuries Sustained During a Business Trip
Local 10 News recently reported that a company in Paris, France that has been ordered to compensate the family of a man who died while having sex with a stranger on a business trip. The man worked as an engineer with a railway services company near Paris when he met up with a woman while on a trip to central France in 2013. He then reportedly died of cardiac arrest while he and the woman were engaged in sexual intercourse in her hotel room. The worker’s family sued for proper compensation and the court ultimately held for the family in affirming that French law makes employers responsible for any and all accidents during business trips.
While this makes for an interesting news story, it is also important to understand that the law in France is not the same as the law here in Florida regarding injuries that occur during business trips.
What is the Law Concerning Injuries Incurred During a Business Trip?
Generally speaking, Florida workers’ compensation law allows benefits to be afforded for an injury sustained while traveling out of town on business because an employee who is on a business trip is considered to be in the continuous conduct of business. While entitlement varies depending on the specific circumstances surrounding your case, activity will generally be covered under workers’ compensation benefits while engaged in normal and necessary activities. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you structure your claim to give you the best chance of maximizing your chances of obtaining benefits.
What Should I Do if I’ve Been Injured During My Business Trip?
You should undertake a few steps to protect your rights to compensation if you sustain an injury on a business trip. These steps include:
- Get immediate medical attention. Keep in mind that even if your injury seems minor, there are many injuries that may not produce symptoms for days or even weeks. Additionally, this is documentation that can later help validate the circumstances of your claim.
- Inform your employer. Contact your company to talk to your supervisor about your injury and make sure that you ask for an injury report.
- Contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. You should obtain legal help for your claim early on as you may reduce or even eliminate your entitlement to the benefits you could have received by pursuing your claim alone.
Have You or a Loved One Sustained Injuries During a Business Trip? Allow Us to Help.
If you sustain an injury on a business trip, trying to figure out your ability to recover workers’ compensation benefits can be very difficult. You should understand that one of the most important steps you can take to protect your rights to compensation is obtaining the help of an experienced legal team. That way, you can focus on ensuring that you fully recover while the team supporting you focuses on ensuring that you obtain the benefits you are entitled to. As the Miami workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates, we are committed to helping our clients maximize their benefits after work-related accidents of all kinds. We have significant experience helping people like you and we can begin helping you as soon as you contact us to schedule a free consultation.