Any time a person is injured during the course of their employment, they are eligible to recover compensation for their medical expenses and lost income, regardless of fault, through a worker’s compensation claim. However, this definition of “through the course of employment” is not very clear when it comes to injuries which happen at work events, work parties, or when an employee is injured playing for a work-sponsored sporting team.
If you have been injured at a work party or work event, here is what you need to know when it comes to recovering compensation for your damages through a workers’ compensation claim.
Did Your Injuries Occur “During the Course of Employment”? Red Bank Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
The principle deciding factor for whether or not an injury qualifies for workers’ compensation is the idea that the injuries occurred during the course of employment. When it comes to injuries which were sustained at a work party, work event, or on a work sports team, courts will examine several key factors which will determine whether or not they ultimately find that those injuries were, in fact, during the course of your employment.
These key factors are:
- The extent that your participation in the event was required by your employer
- The extent of your employer’s involvement in sponsoring the event
- The extent that your employer benefited from holding the event
- Where the event was held, specifically, was it held on company property?
- When the event took place, did it take place during normal working hours?
- How often, and the regularity of which the event in question is held
While courts will weigh these questions, and their answers, differently when determining whether or not you are eligible for workers’ compensation, one of the most important things you can do anytime there is a dispute over a workers’ compensation claim is to retain the counsel of an experienced Red Bank workers’ compensation attorney. Your attorney can help you to present the evidence necessary towards convincing the courts that your injuries did indeed occur during the course of your employment, and ultimately help you recover the financial compensation you need and deserve for your injuries.
Factors Which Will Help Your Monmouth County Workers’ Compensation Claim
Beyond the factors listed above, certain factors, if true, can greatly help you prove that your injuries occurred during the course of your employment, and thus help you succeed in your workers’ compensation claim. These factors include when the work event, work party, or work sponsored sporting event:
- Included team-building activities
- Put you or other employees in a situation to recruit, or secure potential new clients
- Included transportation to the event by your employer
- Was actively promoted by your employer
- Is considered part of your company’s corporate culture, or is deeply ingrained within your company’s institution
Any one of these factors, if true, will go a long way towards proving to a court that your injuries occurred during the course of your employment, and allow you to successfully recover compensation through a workers’ compensation claim.
Contact Our Monmouth County Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Today
At The Law Office of Chamlin, Rosen, Uliano & Witherington, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to recover financial compensation for their injuries in personal injury claims and workers’ compensation claims in towns across New Jersey and Monmouth County, including Red Bank, Freehold, Middletown, Howell, Wall, and West Long Branch.
In our 50 years of service to our clients, we have secured a number of precedent setting decisions and verdicts, and have built a well-deserved reputation for success among insurance companies, businesses, legislators, and families alike. If you have been injured in any kind of accident, whether it be as a result of the reckless or negligent actions of another party, or during the course of your employment, our firm is ready to put this same reputation for success to work for you, and help you recover the financial compensation that you and your family need and deserve.
To speak with our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your injuries, and your options for recovering compensation through a personal injury claim or a workers’ compensation claim, please contact us online, or through our West Long Branch office at (732) 440-3950.