If you have been working remotely and received an injury on the job, you may still qualify to receive workers’ compensation.
Do not let covering expenses like your mortgage, car payment and the growing pile of medical bills from your injury cause additional stress.
Filing a claim in Georgia
Receiving worker’s compensation can alleviate some financial pressure, but many people wonder how to get started and if they even qualify.
Be mindful of the many rules and regulations surrounding the workers’ compensation process. The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation provides some basic information on the process, but what should you expect based on your telework status?
Specifics related to remote work
Working from home does not mean that there is no potential for injuries. Repetitive stress injuries, joint injuries and psychological injuries are among the possibilities for getting hurt while working remotely.
When it comes to employment status, teleworkers are considered employees just like on-site workers. However, when considering workplace injuries, proving there are grounds for a compensation claim is a bit more challenging. Before you can receive benefits, you should be able to establish the following things:
- Your injury occurred while engaging in a required job task
- The task was within your employment scope
- You were not under the influence while completing the task
Try to document as much of the incident and injury as you can and notify your supervisor as soon as possible.
Workers’ compensation laws exist to help employees like you, regardless of your job site. Working from home does not automatically disqualify you from receiving these benefits.