Defending Your Custody Agreement: Protecting Your Education Choices

Defending Your Custody Agreement: Protecting Your Education Choices

Workers' Comp: Are You Covered?

by Daryl Young

You may know that workers' comp covers you for workplace injuries and illness, but some of the circumstances where accidents occur are not as obvious as others in regard to coverage. If you have been injured at work or in a work-related situation, you can qualify for a portion of wages while you recuperate and for medical expenses. For an overview of some less common workplace injury locations and situations, read on and learn more about whether or not you are covered.

You Are Not Covered

  • During lunch breaks, unless you were on a specific errand for a supervisor or getting them a meal. For injuries in your company cafeteria, it depends upon the circumstances. You would have to prove that your company was grossly negligent to be covered. For example, food poisoning would likely constitute gross negligence. Tripping and falling when carrying your lunch tray would not.
  • While commuting to and from your job, unless you are using a company-owned vehicle.
  • For injuries that are so minor that they can taken care of with a first aid kit. Be aware, however, that if the full extent of the injury was unknown initially, you will be covered. For example, a relatively minor cut that later becomes badly infected would be covered.
  • For injuries that occurred when you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, unless you can prove that the drug was legally prescribed.

You Are Covered

  • Even if the accident occurred away from work, during non-work hours or at a company-sponsored event, such as a softball game in a nearby park or at the work Christmas party.
  • For all company travel, from the moment you leave your home until you return.
  • For travel to and from a required off-site meeting or training session.
  • For the worsening of a preexisting condition, if caused by work.
  • Finally, and surprisingly, for injuries sustained while breaking safety rules. While willful and repeated disregard for safety practices might be grounds for dismissal, injuries that occurred while preforming those acts are covered.

For claims pertaining to any of the above "grey areas", the help of a workers' comp attorney, like those at Hamilton Law Firm, P.C., may be needed, since the circumstances are often unusual and open to interpretation. If you are denied on your initial claim, don't be deterred; you have the right to file an appeal and get fairly compensated for your injury or the illness you sustained as a result of your job. 


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Defending Your Custody Agreement: Protecting Your Education Choices

When my ex-husband decided to contest my choice to homeschool our children, I knew that I had to defend my right as the custodial parent. Our custody agreement gave me authority over educational decisions, but he still took me to court. I spent a lot of time working with an attorney to find out how best to handle it, and I did a lot of research on the laws as they applied. If you're trying to defend your educational choices amidst your divorce, this site may help. I've built it to share everything I learned and explain the process that I went through to secure my rights.