Telecommuting has become the new normal for many workers. If you now work remotely from home, you may believe that workers’ compensation no longer covers you. This is not the case.
An injury that occurs during the ordinary course of your work may qualify for workers’ compensation coverage. Even if the incident happens in your home, you may have the right to file a claim. Discover two injuries that may fall under workers’ compensation regardless of where they occur.
Slip, trip and fall
A tumble at the office may result in an injury to various parts of the body. Even something that seems minor may turn into a long-term health issue. What about a trip and fall at home? If you are working remotely as a part of your job, a fall during working hours at home may qualify for workers’ compensation. If you are on the clock and take a tumble, you should notify your employer and seek medical treatment according to the procedure.
Many at-home jobs require sitting and typing. One of the most common injuries a typist sustains is from repetitive use of the hands and wrists. Carpal tunnel syndrome may start small with achy wrists and stiff fingers. However, as the repetitive motion persists, the medial nerve becomes squeezed and cuts off flow to the hands. If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome may leave you in extreme hand and wrist pain that may render you unable to type. A doctor can connect your carpal tunnel to your at-home work, and as such, it may qualify under workers’ compensation.
If your injury requires ongoing medical care or your absence from work to recover, you may need financial help. Contact a workers’ compensation firm for a free consultation and start the process.