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Employee injured while leaving work wins workers' comp case

When an employee is on the job in Baltimore, he has the right to believe he will be safe. This even applies when a worker is leaving work and still on any part of the business’s premises. When his safety is compromised, he may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

A casino employee in New Jersey petitioned for workers’ compensation benefits after being injured in a car accident on her employer’s premises. The woman had finished her shift as a dealer at Harrah’s Atlantic City on September 19, 2012 and was exiting the property in her SUV when she was hit by another vehicle.

Her petition for workers’ compensation was denied by Harrah’s in January 2013. The case was heard by the Division of Workers’ Compensation in May 2013 which ruled that because part of the employee’s car was still in Harrah’s parking lot at the time of the accident, she was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Harrah’s appealed the decision, saying that the premises rule was misapplied. The court upheld the previous ruling, however, saying that the employee never left her employer’s premises fully and was therefore still in her course of employment.

If you were injured while on the job, or even while leaving your place of employment, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. You may wish to speak with an attorney experienced in employment law, particularly if your request for benefits has been denied. Doing so may enable you to receive the benefits to which you are entitled.

Source: Insurance Journal, “N.J. Casino Dealer Wins Workers’ Comp Dispute by a Foot,” Feb. 10, 2014

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