An injury may be considered “in the course of employment” if it occurs:

While on your regular shift.

Many on-the-clock injuries are related to employment because the employee is at the workplace and performing regular job duties. However, off-the-clock injuries can also qualify for workers’ compensation.

At the workplace.

If you were not officially working at the time of the injury (such as on a lunch break), the injury may still qualify as work-related if it took place on company premises.

On work-related travel.

Workers’ compensation provides payment for accidents suffered by workers traveling in company vehicles, performing errands for an employer, or traveling for work.

While at a company function.

Accidents at any event sponsored by the employer such as a company picnic or holiday party can qualify an employee for injury benefits.

As a result of your daily work activities.

Cumulative injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome, psychological injuries, or occupational illnesses) can take years to develop from the nature of the work you perform. Workers’ compensation can provide coverage for these conditions, as well as for injuries that were caused or worsened by a preexisting condition during employment.

While you were doing something on behalf of your employer.

As long as your injury can be connected in some way to your employment, there is a good chance you will qualify for benefits.


Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.