So You’ve Been Injured During a Business Trip. Can You Still Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Most people love business trips. After all, it’s a fun way to break up the day to day monotony of work life. You may be able to travel to a new city or even state while still furthering your career. When packing for a trip, you probably make sure to account for wardrobe emergencies, but probably don’t give much thought to other emergencies that could happen during the trip. However, unexpected work injuries can occur anywhere, even during a business trip.
On average, Americans take more than 40,000 business trips every day. That means that there is, unfortunately, a great opportunity for an injury to happen while a worker is traveling for work-related purposes.
If injured, you may wonder whether you are able to recover for your injuries even though they did not occur at your normal place of employment.
What is the Law Concerning Injuries Incurred During a Business Trip?
Florida workers’ compensation law generally considers an employee who is on a business trip to be in the continuous conduct of business. And even if the workplace accident in question occurred outside the state, an injured worker or his dependents may still recover if the contract of employment was made in Florida or if the employment was principally localized in Florida. Your activity will generally be covered under workers’ compensation benefits while engaged in normal and necessary activities. Whether your behavior fell within legal limits at the time of the accident will determine the outcome of your claim for benefits. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you structure your claim.
I’ve Been Injured During My Business Trip. What Should I Do?
Get 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. Obtaining an immediate medical exam will help find any latent injuries as well as serve as documentation that can later help validate the circumstances of your claim.
Contact your employer. As soon as possible, reach out to your employer so that the incident where you were injured can be documented. Make sure that you ask for an injury report. This is another important step in substantiating that your injuries were incurred when and where you will later assert that they did.
Contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Though it may seem tempting to try to navigate the system alone, with this kind of claim especially, you need help. If you try to pursue your claim alone, you may reduce or even eliminate your entitlement to the benefits you could have received.
Are You Struggling to Figure Out Whether You Can Obtain Workers’ Compensation Benefits From Injuries Sustained During a Business Trip? Allow Us to Help.
Trying to figure out your ability to recover after being injured during a business trip can be very difficult. With the care of experienced attorneys, you can focus on ensuring that you fully recover while we focus on ensuring that you obtain the benefits you are entitled to. The Miami workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates have significant experience helping people like you. Begin by contacting us today to schedule a free consultation.