Workers’ Comp for Desk Job Workers
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Wed Jul 2011
- Workers Compensation,
Contrary to popular belief, workers compensation extends beyond victims of industrial accidents in factories. Workers’ compensation insurance providers cover injuries that results from any work done for the employer, even if the employee was working from home.
A very dramatic example of this turned up recently in the New Jersey Court of Appeals. The court decided that the family of an AT&T employee, Cathleen Renner, who died from a pulmonary embolism was entitled to workers’ comp benefits. A blot clot had formed in Renner’s leg due to long periods of sitting at her desk at her home office, and the clot eventually traveled to her lung, blocking its blood supply. When her family attempted to claim benefits, AT&T claimed that Renner’s obesity and lifestyle choices, health factors unrelated to her job, were the primary cause of her pulmonary embolism.
The court determined that while Renner’s health problems may have been contributing factors, her work for AT&T was the ultimate cause for her death. The coroner determined that the clot probably formed while Renner was pulling another all-nighter in an attempt to finish a project for AT&T. Her family therefore presented sufficient evidence to make a workers’ compensation claim.
This is an important development in workers’ rights for the millions of Americans work desk jobs and do not have much opportunity for physical activity during the workweek. If you, or a family member, have been injured while working, you may be entitled to a worker’s compensation claim, even if it occurred in an office. Call today for a free consultation.