What if you’re injured at work and you had not clocked in yet, began work for the day, or were injured while in transit. Is it covered under workers’ compensation?
Generally, injuries which occur at work are compensable. The issue becomes a bit more complicated when you haven’t actually started your shift. Or, in the alternative, if you were injured in the area surrounding your workplace, or while in transit to or from your workplace.
In a somewhat tortured reasoning, the courts have held that these types of injuries are compensable, but they are fact specific and should be brought to an attorney’s attention for closer analysis. The general rule in these types of cases is whether or not the injury occurred within the zone of employment. Typically, this involves the area directly surrounding the place of business. This issue can be complicated by workers who travel as part of their day to day activities, but this does not necessarily preclude a workers’ compensation claim.
One thing that is certain is that an employer will look for any reason not to certify a claim, and should this occur you should contact an attorney.