As it relates to on-the-job injuries, the laws in Illinois and Missouri differ slightly. Nonetheless, both states only offer workers’ compensation to employees who are injured while on the job and performing employment duties.
In general, if you were injured at work (while performing work duties), you would most likely be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, some exceptions exist, such as when an employee is intoxicated or otherwise removes himself/herself from being able to perform their work activities.
While the law is very clear about your rights if you are injured in the workplace, a case can become more complex when you perform work-related duties but are not physically at work. For example, if you were traveling in your vehicle performing tasks for an employer when you became injured in an accident, you may still be eligible for workers’ compensation. Additionally, employees who primarily work remotely may still qualify for workers’ compensation if they are hurt while performing work-related duties. Some examples of when you may be able to file a claim include:
- Running errands for your employer
- Making deliveries that are work-related
- Transporting a client or another employee
- Your position in the company is as a driver, and you are an employee and not an independent contractor
- You work requires that you travel to the work-site
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If you believe that you have suffered an on-the-job injury, it is recommended that you seek an experienced attorney who understands the interplay between the two causes of action. At the Law Office of Jerome Salmi & Kopis, LLC, our skilled attorneys can advise you of the law and how it applies to your workers’ compensation case and third party case to help you claim the full benefits you are entitlted. Call us today at (618) 726-2222 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation and to learn more.