Miami, FL asked in Workers' Compensation for Florida

Q: Can I still qualify for workers comp if I got injured working on something that is not part of by job description?

I am an office administrator at work. I was helping a co-worker load boxes for 5 months, by boss would see me and she never told me not to do it. A Friday, the loading caused too much pain so I asked my boss if I could start getting help because I am hurting myself doing this job. She said yes. On the Sunday following, I texted her telling her that I might have really injured myself because I am getting some odd pains on my skull. Monday morning she said she cannot send me to Concentra (workers comp medical provider) because what I was doing was not part of my job duties. I went to see a doctor who referred me to a Neurologist, and the neurologist sent me to get a brain MRI, which came back clear so he is sending me a cervical MRI next week. All of this is coming out of my own pocket for an injury I got at work... Am I really not entitled to workers compensation benefits? I was working in benefit of the company. I could not just stand there.

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: yes, your job-related injury is covered even though the work was not a part of your regular duties.

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