Injured on The Job But Not on Your Employer's Property - What Are Your Legal Rights
Employees get injured on the job. Sometimes the work-related injury occurs on property not owned by the worker's employer. Being injured on the job but not on the employer's property is legally significant. It is significant because the injured worker may have a negligence claim as well as a workers compensation claim. For example, lets say a person is employed as adelivery man for a company that manufactures, sells and delivers soda to grocery stores. While making his deliveries, the employee trips and falls over a defective condition at the grocery store's parking lot. As a result of the fall, the worker suffered a serious injury. The worker has both a workers compensation claim and a negligence claim against the person or company that controlled the parking lot that was in a state of disrepair. By pursuing both legal claims, the injured worker stands a far better chance at receiving full financial compensation for his injuries. Workers compensation does not compensate for pain and suffering or for the loss of enjoyment of life'activites whereas in a negligence claim, such damages are compensable.