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Proving an injury was work-related while working from home

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Working from home has become increasingly common in today’s workforce. However. it brings its own set of challenges, including the potential for work-related injuries.

When an injury occurs while working remotely, it can be difficult to prove that it is, in fact, related to work. However, there are steps you can take to demonstrate the connection and ensure you receive the proper compensation and support.

Document the incident

As soon as an injury occurs, the first step is to document the details. Write down exactly what happened, including the time, date and location of the incident. Take photos if applicable, and gather any other relevant evidence.

Notify your supervisor

Inform your supervisor or manager about the injury as soon as possible. Provide them with a clear explanation of how the injury occurred and any immediate medical attention you may need. This step not only ensures that your employer is aware of the situation but also creates a record of the incident.

Seek medical attention

Even if the injury seems minor, seek medical attention promptly. A medical professional can assess the severity of the injury and provide documentation linking it to your work activities. Keep detailed records of any treatment received, including doctor’s notes and receipts for medications or therapy.

Maintain a work log

Keep a detailed log of your work activities leading up to the injury. Note any tasks or projects you were working on, as well as the conditions of your home workspace. This information can help establish a clear timeline and demonstrate that the injury occurred during the course of your employment.

Cooperate with investigations

If your employer conducts an investigation into the incident, cooperate fully and provide any requested information or documentation. Be honest and forthcoming about the circumstances surrounding the injury, and avoid embellishing or exaggerating the details.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor specifies that you can receive compensation for medical expenses and wage replacement in the event of a job injury or work-related illness. These state-provided rights absolutely apply to you as long as you qualify for workers’ compensation, even if your workplace is your own home. Contact YOUR Workers’ Compensation Specialist for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you. Call 610-892-9300 or reach us online.