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Alabama Workers Compensation Questions: (7) What if I was off the clock when I was injured?

Alabama Workers Compensation Questions: (7) What if I was off the clock when I was injured?

While the majority of job injuries occur while the injured worker was “on the clock,” it is not a mandatory requirement that the employee be clocked in prior to suffering their job injury.

In Alabama, an injured employee’s “’employment is not limited by the actual time when the workman reaches the scene of his labor and begins it nor when he ceases, but includes a reasonable time, space, and opportunity before and after while he is at or near his place of employment. One of the tests is whether the workman is still on the premises of his employer. It was further stated that an employee’s completing his actual service for the workday and preparing to leave the employer’s premises at a suitable interval of time thereafter are acts naturally related and incidental to the course of employment.’” Cook v. AFC Enterprises, Inc., 826 So.2d 174, 177-178 (Ala.Civ.App.2002)(quoting from Thompson v. Anserall, Inc., 522 So.2d 284, 286 (Ala.Civ.App.1988).

If you have suffered a job injury, but were told that you were not entitled to any workers comp benefits because the injury occurred while you were off the clock, don’t give up. Contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation attorneys at Powell and Denny today.

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