When You Are Injured at Work by a Co-Worker
Depending on the circumstances of a workplace accident involving a co-worker, you may or may not be eligible for a workers’ comp claim. Typically, any injuries you sustain on the job will be covered by workers’ compensation. You will need to notify your employer about the accident, get medical treatment and keep the records, as well as fill out a work injury accident report. This would be standard procedure for any workplace injury, whether or not a co-worker was involved.
But there are some kinds of these injuries that will not be covered by workers’ comp. For example, if your co-worker inflicts injuries during a lunch break, you probably will not get covered. In fact, any lunch break injury will probably not fall under workers’ comp.
If at any point in the workday, you get into a scuffle with a co-worker, the circumstances of the altercation will determine whether or not you could be covered. The bottom line is, if the fight had nothing to do with work, then your injuries may not be covered by workers’ compensation.
Finally, if you are injured during horseplay with a co-worker, you may or not be covered. Generally speaking, any injuries sustained while “goofing off” at work will not be covered. That being said, if you were injured while others were goofing off, and you were not a part of it, then you should get compensated.
Even if you do not qualify for workers’ compensation, you might still be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a co-worker who is responsible. In fact, you have a number of legal options available to you in order get the coverage you need for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Learn how a Raleigh personal injury can help you get compensated when you contact the Whitley Law Firm today!