Many workers in Pennsylvania, especially those that work office jobs and are not paid by the hour, occasionally must take work home. When work is taken home and leads to an injury or illness, people are often left wondering whether or not they are entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits.
This area of workers’ compensation is not black and white. If you are unsure of whether or not an injury you received as a result of working from home qualifies you for Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits, you should speak with an attorney immediately. However, we do have some guidelines that may help you answer the question.
One of the most important factors to consider is whether or not the work was taken home voluntarily. If, for example, somebody took work home just because they didn’t have anything to do that evening (sounds like a rare case, but it happens) and not because they were asked to do so or were facing a deadline, it may be difficult to win a workers’ comp case.
On the other hand, if somebody takes work home because their supervisor told them to do so, are facing an approaching deadline, or doesn't have enough time at the office to do all of their work, there’s a good chance the injured person could qualify for Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits.
After determining whether or not the person was forced to take their work home, it’s time to consider the nature of the injury. In order for a person to qualify for Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits from taking work home, it must be proven that the injury was work-related. For example, has the stress of having to bring work home often caused a person to experience anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues? If so, the injured person may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. On the other hand, if somebody is working at home, gets up to get a snack from the fridge and slips on some spilled water, the injury would most likely not be considered work-related.
If you have received a work-related injury and live in the Harrisburg, Gettysburg, or Chambersburg area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us an email.
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