In Minnesota, there are circumstances in which off-duty injuries can be eligible for workers’ compensation. Individuals need to understand the parameters of workers’ compensation when seeking support in the event of an injury, even when the employee has an accident outside the workplace.
Off-duty injuries that happen during work-related activities may qualify for workers’ compensation in Minnesota. It is best to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in these situations.
According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Twin Cities’ daily commute times average 25 minutes. If the employer provides transportation to and from work, injuries sustained during the commute may be eligible for workers’ compensation. This applies to company-owned vehicles.
Traveling for work
If an employee sustains an injury while traveling for work purposes, the injury may qualify for workers’ compensation. This can include injuries suffered in hotels, airports or other locations while on a work-related trip.
Training and workshops
Injuries sustained during training sessions, workshops or other job-related educational activities may be work-related and eligible for workers’ compensation.
Errands for the employer
If an employee is running an errand for the employer, workers’ compensation may cover injuries sustained during these activities.
Employees who are on-call and required to be available for work during specific periods may be eligible for workers’ compensation if an injury happens while responding to a work-related situation during on-call hours.
Workers’ compensation protects employees from loss of income and medical bills when injured while engaging in any activities that are work-related.