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Are workers' compensation benefits available for travel injuries?

Some types of jobs require that a Connecticut worker sit at a desk all day. Others require that a worker move between job sites and travel significant distances. Many know that a worker who suffers a work-related injury may be eligible to recover workers' compensation benefits, but even injuries suffered while a worker is traveling may be covered. The general rule is that for such injuries to qualify for workers' compensation, the travel involved must be closely related to a worker's job duties.

Under what is known as the "going and coming" rule, injuries that occur when a worker is traveling to or from his or her place of employment are not eligible for workers' compensation coverage, as this travel is considered part of a person's regular commute and not part of the job. There are exceptions to the exclusion of coverage for workers who are injured while either "going" or "coming," however. A worker whose job itself involves traveling, such as a bus driver, police officer, or pilot is eligible for workers' compensation benefits if injured while traveling.

If a worker is injured while traveling to a different job site during the hours of his or her employment, he or she likely will be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, as well, as this is part of his or her job requirement. A worker who is injured while performing a "special mission," such as running an errand for a boss before the typical workday begins, is likely eligible for workers' compensation benefits if he or she is injured while performing this task, even if it is completely unrelated to his or her normal job duties.

Connecticut workers who have been injured while traveling in the course of their employment, or while performing a task related to work, may be able to recover workers' compensation benefits. The benefits from this program can provide significant financial relief, allowing an injured individual to focus on reclaiming his or her health and getting back to work. An attorney may be able to offer guidance regarding benefits that may be available for an injured worker and how best to go about trying to obtain them.

Source: FindLaw, "The 'Going and Coming' Rule," accessed June 10, 2016

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