Millions of workers are doing their jobs at home.
If a worker is injured at home while working, does this worker have a valid worker’s compensation claim?
The answer is probably.
The fact patterns for the cases are fascinating.
In Oregon, benefits were allowed when a woman tripped over her dog in her home office, fell and injured herself.
With in home injury cases, a central question is did the injured worker work at home as a matter of choice or did the employer require the worker to work at home.
In Maine, the court allowed benefits to the widow of a financial advisor who died of a heart attack while exercising on his treadmill at home.
When he died, he was working on his blackberry.
What is the answer in this case?
A woman, who was working from home, injured herself when she fell on steps heading to her basement office.
Is this a work injury?
My next blog will give you the court answer.