Workers’ compensation in Portland, OR, covers most work-related injuries. However, there are some exceptions. It is a good idea to be aware of on-the-job actions that can void your workers’ compensation benefits.
They can include:
Workers’ compensation insurance policies do not cover illegal activities on the job.
Company policy, procedure, and protocol violations mean an employee cannot benefit from workers’ compensation.
Intoxication or Illegal Substance Use
When Illegal substance use or intoxication is the sole cause of the injury, it is generally not covered.
Any acts considered horseplay and not within the scope of the job would not be covered. However, if an employee not involved in the horseplay is injured, that person may be eligible for medical and wage loss benefits.
Driving to/from Work
Although it would be nice, your commute is not covered by workers’ compensation because it is not during the course of your work.
An intentional act that causes a workplace injury or illness is not covered.
If you have been laid off or terminated, coverage will not apply unless the injury predates the job loss.
No matter what the circumstances, it is always best to speak to a lawyer to ensure you get the coverage you deserve.