Remote work has gained popularity in recent times. And while this has its share of perks, the truth is it’s not for everyone. It is not uncommon for remote workers to struggle to strike a healthy work-life balance, leading to emotional and, at times, physical injuries.
One of the questions remote workers grapple with is whether they are covered by workers’ compensation programs. Here is what you need to know about workers’ comp benefits if you are working from home.
Remote workers may qualify for workers’ compensation
Generally, an employee who is hurt while performing work-related tasks or while advancing their employer’s interests is eligible for workers’ comp regardless of where the injury happened – at work, on the way to or from work or at home.
But whereas you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits following your injuries, it is important to understand that the burden of proof that your injury is work-related lies on you. In other words, you must prove that the injury in question arose from your work, location notwithstanding.
Proving your workers’ compensation claims
To successfully pursue your workers’ compensation benefits, you need to take certain steps. You must report the injury to your employer per California workers’ compensation laws. You need to seek treatment so your injuries can be properly diagnosed and treated. Finally, you need to put your evidence together. Some of the evidence you may use to build your workers’ comp claim include a record of your typical work hours, medical records, eyewitness account and the accident report.
Yes, if you are hurt while advancing your employer’s cause from home, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Understanding how California workers’ comp laws work can help safeguard your rights and interests while pursuing the compensation you are entitled to.