Tis’ the season!
It’s that time of year for Christmas and holiday parties at work. Perhaps your boss will have you over to their house. Or maybe some time will be taken during work hours to have a celebration…every company and workplace is different.
But what if an injury occurs during one of these events?
Will workers’ compensation cover the expense of your injuries and any lost time from work you may incur?
That really is an open question and depends on the state you live in. Workers’ compensation in Colorado covers on-the-job injuries but if the injury occurs outside the workplace at a work related event, it really depends on the circumstances.
Workers’ compensation cases in Colorado and around the country are very fact specific. Meaning, you need to have all of the facts well documented to ensure you receive full workers’ compensation benefits. Since workers’ comp is a no-fault system, employers agree to pay a certain amount of benefits per their state’s laws in exchange for immunity from common law suits. In other words, you can’t sue your employer for negligence, pain and suffering and other “non-economic” damages.
Questions like whether the event was “incidental to employment” and whether you were on your way to or from an event will be asked to determine whether the injury is covered. While holiday parties are certainly not mandatory, attendance is usually required in a more implied fashion.
In any event, keep meticulous records of any doctors’ visits, x-rays, lab work, expenses and so on.
And have fun! Parties like this are a time to bond with fellow employees and celebrate the holiday season and the end of the year. Whatever you do, take precautions to avoid injury in the first place so you can fully enjoy the holiday season with family and friends.
But if you’re injured during an event like this, contact Colorado work injury attorneys at the Babcock Law Firm to discuss your case and see if you can file a claim.