In order to receive workers’ compensation, you must show that you were performing work-related duties when you were injured. But what happens when you are injured in a company softball game? What if you are injured at a company picnic? The lines can blur between work and non-work related activities. If you’re in doubt about your claim, our workers’ comp lawyers at Powers & Caccavale can help answer any questions you may have about your individual case.
What Are Company Events?
Company events are morale-boosting activities that usually promote teamwork between coworkers. These include company picnics, barbecues, softball games, corporate retreats, golf outings, dinners, and more.
Am I Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
Several different criteria can be used to determine whether or not you are entitled to workers’ compensation after an injury that happens at a company-sponsored event. You must prove that the activity was within the course of employment. A court will examine factors such as:
- If the event was held during normal working hours
- If you were required to attend
- If you were paid
- If the event was located on company property
- If the activity is frequent
- How much the company benefits from the activity
In many circumstances, if you were required to attend the event and had no option to skip the activities, you have a good chance of receiving workers’ comp benefits. If the events and activities were completely voluntary, you most likely will not be entitled to workers’ compensation.
Contact a Massachusetts Workers’ Comp Attorney
Determining if you are entitled to workers’ compensation after your company event injury can be difficult and complex. There are many factors involved in these types of cases, which can make proving that your injury was work-related tricky. In order to have the best chance at receiving compensation, you should speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to go over the facts of your case. To learn more about your options, fill out our free case evaluation or call us at (617) 379-0016.