Most people enjoy a good party. Work parties can be a way to get to know your co-workers better and build camaraderie and company morale. But what happens if you get injured at a work-sponsored event? Does insurance still cover you? Reach out to a Virginia workers’ compensation attorney to learn more and get answers to any questions you may have.
What makes work parties complex?
Injuries or accidents that occur during work parties are very complicated and may not meet the definition of work injuries in the eyes of the insurer. Typically, workers’ comp covers injuries that happen due to the job or accidents that occur during work hours or within the company premises. But with work parties, there are a lot of grey areas from a legal standpoint. Thus, injuries sustained during work parties are complex, but a skilled and experienced workers’ comp lawyer can help determine whether you are eligible for workers’ comp.
Common accidents or injuries that can occur at work parties
Injuries and accidents during work parties are not uncommon. Some of the most common injuries and accidents that can occur during work parties are:
- Alcohol-related injuries
Alcohol-related injuries have a very wide range. It can be caused by someone falling due to lack of coordination caused by alcohol, or becoming sick due to excessive alcohol consumption, etc.
- Slip and fall accidents
Slip and fall accidents are fairly common in work parties, especially during the holiday season, as the weather is colder. Slip and fall accidents can also occur due to over-enthusiastic dancing, furniture being out of place, food and drink spills on the floor, etc.
- Food poisoning
Food poisoning is another common injury that can occur during work parties. While food poisoning is not very detrimental to health, it can be uncomfortable and cost much money to treat.
- Sports injuries
Most office parties have games or sports, which can lead to injuries.
What factors are necessary for workers’ comp eligibility?
If you have been injured during a work party, there are certain factors that your case needs to meet to be eligible for workers’ comp. These factors are:
- Mandatory attendance
- The injury happened on company premises and/or during work hours
- The event benefitted the employer
Get in touch with a lawyer today.
You may be eligible for compensation if you have sustained any work-related injury. An experienced workers’ comp lawyer can assess your case and help you figure out if you are eligible for workers’ comp benefits or not, and can also help you take further steps as needed.