Falls in your employer’s parking lot are workers compensation injuries.
Up until recently the winter has been mild, but the recent snow storm has created a slew of problems for all who have a ton of snow to remove. This has had a profound impact on parking lots where employees park for work. The accumulation of snow and refreeze of melting snow is causing people to fall on their way into or out of work. The common misconception is that injuries “off the clock” are not considered workers compensation. That is not true. If you fall on your employer’s property while going into work or coming out of work, your claim is work related and you should be paid workers compensation benefits while you are out of work recovering from your injuries.
If you fall in the parking lot at work (or where you are designated to park for work) you should immediately report your injury to your employer. Your next step should be to call Rankin & Gregory to make sure your workers compensation rights are not violated.