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Can employees who work from home receive workers compensation?

Individuals in Texas who work at home may be eligible to file for workers' compensation if they are injured in the course of doing their jobs. While employers have less control over the home office environment, experts have pointed out that workers are most likely to be in an accident during their commute. As a result, working at home is safer. Furthermore, workers who observe safety standards in the workplace are likely to observe similar standards at home.

However, accidents are always a possibility, and individuals may wonder what their rights are in case of an injury. Workers have been able to obtain compensation for accidents in the past. For example, a man in Utah received compensation after he fell in his driveway while salting it for a delivery driver bringing work-related material. The man was left a quadriplegic, and the Utah Labor Commission ruled in his favor.

The workers' compensation board in Oregon rejected the claim of an interior designer who fell over her dog while going to look at samples in her home. However, the state's appeals court later ruled in her favor.

Individuals who work from home may wish to speak to their employers ahead of time about safety, liability and workers' compensation. Furthermore, if they are injured, they may benefit from documenting the injury in as much detail as possible. Individuals may wish to notify their workplace of injuries that occur in the course of the workday.

Workers may also wish to have the assistance of an attorney in filing for workers' compensation. The process might be complex, and individuals who face delays or are initially denied might benefit from legal counsel. Every situation is unique, and readers should not consider this blog legal advice.

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