Norristown, PA asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania

Q: Does WorkComp cover travel to work & going home from the job?

broke leg en route

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Richard Alan Jaffe
Richard Alan Jaffe
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  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: I am sorry to hear about your injury, but it would be impossible to answer your question without further information.

In general injuries going to / from work are not covered by Workers Compensation but with every rule, there are exceptions to the “going coming” rule. It is my recommendation that you promptly contact an Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in PA Workers Compensation Law to discuss your rights and possible remedies.

The initial consultation should be free of charge and most Attorneys will accept cases on a Contingent Fee Agreement.

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman
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  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Warminster, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Usually not, as the basic act of commuting to work is not part of the "scope and course" of working, so it is usually not covered by the PA Workers' Compensation Act (unless you are a "travelling" employee, with no fixed place of employment). However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as how close the injury happens to the work place, whether you were doing any kind of service for the employer, whether an employment contract covers the commute, among others. I would urge you to contact an attorney certified as a specialist in workers' compensation law, whether my firm or another of the fine attorneys on this board and see if you fit any of the exceptions (or what else can be done). Good luck!

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
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  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: If the employer provided the vehicle or you used it for work it is more likely. Contact a member of the Pa.Assn for Justice--they give free consults. If another driver was at fault you would have a claim against them. Call me if you have further questions.

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