Visitor Question

Does work insurance cover injuries outside of work?

Submitted By: Billy (El Paso, TX)

I was jogging at a park when I fainted and needed medical attention. My question is, will/should my work insurance cover the costs of my medical bills?

Additional information: my job title is computer technician. It’s indoor work. In the past 5 years “other duties assigned” include outside physical duties which I have expressed concern (in writing) that put my safety and health at risk.

In order to minimize my safety and health risk I jog to maintain a better physical state, since the place of work does not provide it. Does my employer have any liability for this? Will work insurance cover my medical treatment? Thank you.

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Answer

Dear Billy,

In a word, “No.” Your employer is not in any manner responsible for your injuries, costs of medical treatment, or any other damages related to your having fainted while jogging. Your intimation that jogging was, and continues to be, a necessary requirement for you to remain safe and free from injury at work has no merit.

Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance will very likely deny any claim you might make. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make an effort to file a claim. Just don’t be surprised if it doesn’t succeed.

Instead, seek coverage for your injuries under your employer’s medical health plan. If your employer doesn’t offer a health plan, then you will have to use your own.

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

Best of luck,

Published: April 13, 2014

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