Can Remote Employees Get Workers’ Comp If Injured at Home?

female work from homeIf you are a remote employee who was injured while working out of your home, you may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. However, because the details of where and when you work may not be clear-cut, it can be challenging to prove the accident was work-related.

 At Greg Coleman Law, we have extensive knowledge of the workers' compensation claims process in Tennessee. We encourage you to contact our firm to set up a free legal consultation to discuss your eligibility for benefits with one of our qualified Knoxville workers compensation lawyers.

If you have a claim and choose to retain our services, there are no upfront costs to pay. We receive no payment unless we are successful in obtaining benefits for you.

Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Remote Workers

Remote employees are covered by the same workers’ compensation benefits as those who work on-site or in an office. If the injury is work-related, the remote employee may be eligible to receive compensation to cover medical expenses, along with partial wage replacement and other compensation.

Claims may be filed if the work-related injury or illness requires medical care beyond basic first aid or if the employee is unable to work while recovering.

The Remote Worker Has the Burden of Proof

Workers’ compensation in Tennessee is a no-fault system, so the employee does not have to show that the employer was negligent in causing or contributing to his or her injury or illness. However, the remote worker must be able to show that the injury or illness occurred within the course and scope of employment.

Employers may define additional policies for remote employees. This clarification can help to protect both the employer and the remote worker by defining:

  • Job duties
  • Hours of work
  • Designated work area
  • Type of furniture or equipment to use in the workplace 
  • Break times
  • Safety precautions that should be followed
  • Prohibitions of certain activities during work time

Employers may also require remote workers to take additional safety training or adhere to a special work safety checklist.

Evidence that could be used to prove the injury was work-related could include:

  • A statement from the treating physician
  • Eyewitness account of the accident
  • Electronic proof that shows the employee was working at the time of the accident

When to Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

If you suffered an injury while performing your work duties at home, we are prepared to help. Our licensed attorneys at Greg Coleman Law are prepared to assist you with filing a claim and help you with the appeals process if your claim is initially denied.

We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means there are no upfront fees. If your claim is approved, we receive a percentage of your award as payment for our services. You have nothing to lose by contacting us to learn about your rights and legal options. Call us today to get started on your claim.

Call our firm 24/7 to set up your free consultation: (865) 247-0080