Were You Injured in the Lobby of Your Office Building? Find Out if You’re Eligible for Worker’s Compensation

Posted by: DFX on Aug 04, 2017

office lobbyIf you fall down and hurt yourself while you’re on the job, then it’s likely you’ll have a worker’s compensation claim. But what if you’re actually walking into work and not technically within the walls of your work? What if you’re not yet on the clock? What if you’re injured while traveling to work? These rules may seem complicated but Gilbert & Smallman can offer a free consultation to help you learn more.  

A worker’s compensation claim must be work related

The most important thing to remember is that a worker’s compensation claim must be related to your job. As a result, anything that happened on the way to work is not covered – unless you were doing something that was required for your job. Florida has what’s known as a “coming and going rule,” which shows that your employer is not responsible for covering accidents on the way to or from work. However, that doesn’t mean that no one is responsible for your accident.

Your employer may be responsible for your injuries but not in the way you think

You may have started out thinking that your employer is responsible for your injuries because you were on the way to work. While that may not be true, it may be true that your employer did not properly upkeep the lobby of your building. If that’s true, and the lack of upkeep or negligence is the reason that you were injured, then you may have a premises liability case.

What exactly is a premises liability case?

A premises liability case involves someone being injured on a person or a company’s property. Not all injuries or accidents are considered premises liability. In order to have a case, we must be able to prove that the accident that led to your injury was caused by the owner of the property not keeping up their property. They must have either been reckless or negligent. If we can prove that, they then may be responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.

This is, of course, a simplistic explanation of premises liability. To learn more and to find out if it applies to your case, please reach out to Gilbert & Smallman. We are happy to provide a free case evaluation to let you know if your case qualifies and how we may be able to help.