The average commute time for workers in Tulsa County is 19.3 minutes. This means the average worker spends about 38.6 minutes driving to and from work every day, and about 193 minutes commuting per week. A lot can happen in the time that it takes to commute to work. Sadly, many people are injured in car accidents on their way to or from work. Are these people entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for their injuries? Here’s what you should know:
Who is Covered By the Workers’ Compensation System?
The vast majority of workers in Oklahoma are covered by the workers’ compensation system, so they are entitled to benefits for work-related injuries. There are some exceptions to this rule, including:
- Real estate agents or brokers
- Independent contractors
- Certain agricultural or horticultural workers
- Certain domestic workers
A worker who is not covered does not have the right to workers’ compensation benefits following a workplace injury.
What Types of Injuries Are Covered By the Workers’ Compensation System?
If you are covered by the workers’ compensation system, this does not mean you will receive benefits every time you are injured. Why? The workers’ compensation system does not cover all injuries. It only covers injuries that occur in the course and scope of employment.
For example, a warehouse worker who is hurt while lifting heavy boxes is most likely entitled to benefits. This is because lifting heavy boxes is one of his job duties, and the injury occurred as a direct result of performing this duty.
But, if a worker is injured while eating dinner at a restaurant after work, he is not entitled to benefits. This is because he was not performing his job duties or clocked in at the time the injury occurred.
Are Commute Injuries Covered By the Workers’ Compensation System?
Many people believe that commute-related injuries should be covered since they are only traveling so they can get to work and perform their job duties. But, this is not always the case. Each case involving injuries that occur during an employee’s commute is unique. Some of these injuries are covered, whereas others are not. If you’ve been injured while traveling to or from work, it’s best to let an attorney review the details of your case to determine whether you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Have you been injured at work? If so, seek legal representation from Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. at once. Our attorneys are committed to protecting the best interests of injured workers. Let us fight for the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. Call us now at 918-582-2500, toll-free at (800) 722-8880, or contact us online for a free consultation with a skilled attorney.