Can You Collect Workers’ Compensation for Injuries Suffered at a Company Outing or Event?
Under New Jersey workers’ compensation law, there are only two requirements to qualify for benefits—you must suffer an injury and you be working at the time of the injury. In most instances, there’s little question about whether the injury is work-related. But what if your company holds a special event, such as a golf outing or holiday party, and you’re hurt while attending? Is your injury work-related? Can you seek workers’ compensation benefits if you are run over by a golf cart or slip and fall at a company party?
As a general rule, injuries suffered at company-sponsored events are covered by New Jersey workers’ compensation laws. That rule applies whether attendance is mandatory or voluntary.
There are, however, some exceptions. If your behavior is egregious, or contrary to known or stated company policy, you may be disqualified. For example, if you consume alcoholic beverages and have an accident because of alcoholic impairment, you may lose the right to recover workers’ compensation benefits. If, however, your employer provides the alcohol, you may still be able to collect benefits.
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