Working from home allows employees to continue producing work and earning an income without even opening their front doors. It also benefits employers and companies by ensuring minimal disruptions or delays in getting their goods and services out in the community.
Most telecommuting employees here in New Jersey feel safe from injuries when working from home, but they can still occur. For example, repetitive motion injuries can occur in the home office environment just as they can at your company’s location. In another example, home workers may suffer slip and fall injuries while performing their job duties. Workers’ comp is there to cover the employee in these and many other situations.
What can these remote workers do if they suffer an injury in a home office setting? Fortunately, workers’ compensation is still an option for remote employees, but these cases can be much more complicated. As you might imagine, employers and claims adjusters want to be sure you are not breaking any laws by filing a claim around a home workplace injury.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys urge remote employees to practice caution when working from home. Assuming that your residence is safer than your office may be a mistake. It can cause you to let your guard down, which could increase your risk of suffering an injury.
If you do experience a work-related injury in your home, you should file a workers’ compensation claim right away. It may also be in your best interest to speak with an attorney who can help you prove that your injury occurred while you were working.
Continue reading the resources on our web pages for insight into filing a successful workers’ compensation claim regardless of where your work-related injury happened.