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Does Workers’ Compensation Cover My Drive To and From Work?

Posted by James Aspell | Apr 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

 

 Connecticut employers are responsible for providing workers’ compensation benefits to employees while on the job, but have you ever thought about whether or not you are covered during your commute to and from your job?

Workers' Comp and Your Commute

In general, the answer to whether or not workers' compensation benefits apply to an employee's commute is no. This is known as a “coming and going” rule of workers' comp. This rule excludes injuries obtained while in traffic on an employee's everyday commute to and from the job. A notable exception to this rule is police officers who are covered "port to port" if they sustain a work injury in Connecticut.

While employees are generally not covered on their typical commute, there are situations that can be covered by workers' compensation when you are away from your job site. They include:

  • Being injured while at a mandatory work function or party off-site
  • Being injured while using a company car on your commute
  • If driving is your primary job and you are injured while driving for work. Occupations could include driving a bus, driving a large hauling truck, or patrolling as a police officer.
  • Being injured while on a trip for business, even if the injury takes place outside of your typical working hours
  • Any other general driving solely for work purposes that results in an injury

In addition, on-call employees could receive Connecticut workers' compensation benefits beginning the minute they are called to come into work, even if the injury takes place in their home.

The Key is to Report

Anytime you are injured and feel you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, it's very important to report your injury  as soon as possible. Timely reports can help carriers investigate your claims properly and make informed decisions.

If you feel that you have been unjustly denied workers' compensation benefits, contact a top rated Connecticut work injury lawyer   for a free consultation.

About the Author

James Aspell

Principal since August 1, 2006 James F. Aspell is the principal and managing attorney of the firm which he started in 2006 following 20 years of litigation practice in a mid -size firm in Hartford, Connecticut. Jim focuses his practice in the areas of worker's compensation and personal injury l...

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