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Are you covered by workers’ compensation when traveling to and from work and in the parking lot?

May 14, 2014 |

Here at Bentoff & Duber, located in Cleveland, Ohio, our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers frequently hear questions about the details of workers’ compensation, especially because the answers can be tricky or confusing at times.

We want to answer as many of these questions as possible to continue to be a guiding resource for people who have been injured or wronged.


Commuting to and from work

The question of when during the workday you are covered by workers’ compensation (and when the workday officially begins and ends) is one of those tricky situations that can vary. Generally, this topic of discussion applies to the “coming and going” rule of work-related injuries, which dictates that injuries that take place while the employee is commuting to or from their place of employment are not covered by workers’ compensation.

There are, however, many exceptions to this rule, so please call us at 216-861-1234 to see if they apply to your situation.


Parking lot incidents

Once employees have parked their cars in a designated employee lot they are generally covered by workers’ compensation if injured while walking from the parking lot to the place of business or work site. This includes employer-controlled walkways and is typically considered part of the work environment.

For a more precise answer and to ensure you have the correct information for your situation, it is best to contact an experienced lawyer.

If you have any questions for our workers’ compensation attorneys or for your free consultation, call Bentoff & Duber at 216-861-1234 or submit a contact form.


About the author: Brandon Duber, a Partner with Bentoff & Duber Co., LPA, is a lawyer with proven experience in the courtroom and expertise in the areas of workers’ compensation, criminal defense, personal injury and medical malpractice law. He received his B.A. from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and his J.D. from The Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH.