Injury while going to or coming from work

Michigan workers comp lawyer explains how benefits could be available for an injury that happens on your way to or from work.

The basic rule is that going to and coming from work is not covered by workers comp. However, there are some important exceptions that you should know about.


1. You are on a special mission for your employer. An example would be if you were asked to pick up some cleaning supplies on your way to work.

2. Your employer derives a special benefit from your activity at the time of injury. This could occur if your boss asked you to drop off a package at the post office while driving home.

3. Your employer paid for or furnished transportation as part of your job. Many times the issue comes down to whether or not your employer paid you mileage.

4. Your travel comprised a dual purpose combining employment-related business needs with your personal activity. Think about the situation where you pick up company documents during a lunch hour.

5. Your employer subjected you to excessive exposure to traffic risks. Maybe you are forced to drive through heavy traffic congestion to reach a specific work site.

6. Your travel took place as a result of a split-shift schedule or required an irregular non-fixed working schedule. This could become an issue if your boss sends you home for a few hours and then expects you back to work.

Find out your legal rights

Workers comp should pay for all medical treatment related to your injury. You can also get lost wages for time that is missed from work.

Every situation is different and should be evaluated on its own facts. You could have a substantial claim for benefits and not even know.

To speak with one of our workers comp lawyers in Michigan, call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation.

Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years.  Alex has helped countless people obtain workers comp benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate a case.

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