In Alabama, when a worker is injured through the course of their job, they can financially recoup for medical expenses and lost wages through workers' compensation benefits. A significant risk for many workers is car accidents. There are all kinds of professions and occupations that require road transportation.
However, in order for a car accident victim to financially recoup under workers' compensation, the accident must have occurred in some manner through the course of their work. An out-of-state woman that is now a paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair was recently denied workers' compensation benefits after her car accident.
The woman was paralyzed after a head-on collision in which she was returning home from a happy hour with her supervisor and some coworkers. The woman alleged that she felt inclined to accept the happy hour invitation from her supervisor to demonstrate her aim of being a "team player."
The woman was intoxicated when she left and entered the highway in the wrong direction, causing the collision. When she filed a workers' compensation claim, her employer said that the accident did not occur through the course of her job because it was not required, it occurred after work hours and she was traveling home. A court agreed with this finding.
However, there can be instances of a worker being injured while driving through the course of their job. This can be complex and at times unclear. A skilled workers' compensation attorney can greatly assist a worker in Alabama injured on the job in a variety of circumstances pursue compensation.
Source: Risk and Insurance, "After-work drinking doesn't make drunk driving accident compensable," March 9, 2013