Now here’s a dilemma for you:
You go on a mandatory work related trip to a conference. As part of this conference, a laser tag event is hosted by the conference. Your participation in this laser tag event will be beneficial for business connections and is encouraged by your employer, so you decide to join in. You’re having a great time running around and shooting at your business partners and competitors. It’s all fun and games — until you injure your knee.
The question becomes: Can you file for workers’ compensation under these circumstances? This is exactly the scenario in which one North Carolina man found himself. His injury had cost him in medical care expenses and in time off from work. Because his injury had occurred during a company event, he believed that workers’ compensation should cover him. The insurance company did not agree.
When brought before the North Carolina Court of Appeals last year, the court ruled in favor of the injured worker. The court felt that the case met their six criteria for determining compensation for work-sponsored recreational activities. These criteria all determine whether the event truly was mandatory, and to what extent the event was supported by the employer.
As you can see, not everything with workers’ compensation is cut and dry. There can be a lot of room for interpretation and debate. If you find yourself injured at work, don’t hesitate to contact one of our experienced attorneys. At Oxner + Permar, we are passionate about exploring possibilities and options with our clients so that we can find the best solution for you. We’re not afraid to fight for your rights.