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You can get workers' compensation for injuries at work, but are you covered for injuries at the annual company picnic?
Company picnics are full of hazards. You could twist an ankle while walking through the park. You could sprain your back defending the marketing team's dodge ball championship title. You could get food poisoning chowing down on barbeque and the CEO's famous potato salad.
Can you get workers' compensation for injuries received at a company picnic?
Workers' compensation covers work-related injuries and illnesses. An injury is work related if it is caused by your normal work duties or the conditions of your workplace. A pre-existing injury is also covered if your work aggravated the prior injury.
Accordingly, your injury at the company picnic is only covered if it is work related. A company picnic may be work related if:
However, if the company picnic is entirely voluntary, you will not be able to get workers' compensation for your injuries.
Injured at the Party
If you are injured at a company picnic, see a doctor and get treatment as soon as possible. Then, notify your employer of your injury and file for workers' compensation. Most states impose a deadline on when you have to file a claim.
If you've been denied compensation for a company picnic injury, an experienced workers compensation attorney may be able to help.