Injured on the way out of the building after being terminated...

by Rick
(Asheville, NC)

I was cleaning my desk out after being terminated, and when leaving the office I was carrying a paper box with items from my desk. I went down the stairs because the elevator is very slow and I was embarrassed and didn't want to interact with my previous coworkers.

I tripped on the third step from the bottom and fell on top of the box. I fractured one wrist and have a fractured fibula. Are my injuries covered under workers' compensation? If not, how do I get compensation for my injuries and treatment bills? Thank you.

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ANSWER for "Injured on the way out of the building after being terminated...":

Rick (Asheville, NC):

Unfortunately, inasmuch as you were terminated from your employment at the time of your injury, you are not covered by workers' compensation. Moreover, even if you were injured while you were working, if you had completed your work day and were leaving the building when you were injured, you would not be covered.

However, you likely have a third-party injury claim against the owner and manager of the building. You may be found to have some comparative negligence, but you would likely still be entitled to some compensation.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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