Slip and Fall Injuries on Employer Property May Still be Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits
February 15, 2019
By John W. Zatkos, Jr., Esq.
The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) recently determined in Minch v. American Airlines, Inc. that when an airline employee was injured while walking across an icy walkway in the airport en route to the employees’ parking lot at the end of her shift, this still constitutes an accident in the course and scope of her employment.
This is an important case because it reiterates that if an individual is on the employer’s property and they fall or are injured as the result of the condition of the employer’s premises within the control of the employer, there still is a viable workers’ compensation case for payment of workers’ compensation benefits for both wage loss and/or medical benefits that result from the work injury.
Often times, the employer will attempt to say that such accidents are not work-related and tell the employee to bill it under his or her private health insurance and use other forms of benefits, such as vested sick time, PTO or STD, all of which are taxable, unlike workers’ compensation.
We have assisted many injured workers’ in this type of litigation and have proven successful. If you or someone you know suffers this type of injury, it is imperative that you contact our office or call (412) 338-1153 as soon as possible in order to protect your rights under the Workers’ Compensation Act.