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Are remote employees eligible for workers’ compensation?

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2022 | Worker's Compensation |

The way that employment looks have changed in recent years. More and more employees are currently working from home.

However, that does not mean that no one is getting injured while they work. Because of this, it is important to understand your rights as a remote employee.

Are you eligible for compensation as a remote employee?

Some may not think that they will be able to file for workers’ compensation because they are working from home. The reality is, though, that it can still be possible to obtain workers’ compensation, as long as you are injured during the course of your work. That said, there may be some restrictions on what will be eligible. For example, if you injure yourself at home while doing a task that is not related to your work, then that will likely not count as an injury that you can file a claim for.

Types of injuries that can occur

Because many who work from home must use a computer to type, carpal tunnel tends to be one of the most common injuries that those working from home have to deal with. Injuries related to eyestrain due to looking at a computer screen for extended amounts of time are another type of work-from-home injury. These are not the only injuries that can occur when working from home, they tend to be more common. The injuries that you sustain depend primarily on the type of work that you do.

More and more employees are beginning to work from home. However, that does not mean that workers are no longer getting injured. The upside is that depending on how you are injured, you may still be able to get workers’ compensation.