Well, here in Des Moines, we got our first little snowfall of the season, which means it's time to break out the shovels!
The question is, though, what happens if you're removing snow while at work and you injure yourself. Does that qualify as workers' compensation?
There are some gray areas, but there are more instances than not that you, indeed, would be eligible for workers' compensation.
Many of us work at businesses where there isn't a "designated" snow remover. Sometimes, it's a boss who asks an employee, "Hey, would you mind doing me a favor? Could I have you shovel the front walk for our customers?".
Being the good employer you are, you agree to do it...and then, halfway through it, you hurt your back, and have a very rough rest of the day. The next morning, you can barely get out of bed due to the pain and decide it's best not to go to work today.
Over the course of the next few days, your back doesn't begin to feel any better, and you go to the doctor. It turns out, you've wrenched or injured you back pretty severely, and you need to take some time off.
Are you eligible for compensation? Absolutely. You were given a task related to the job (because your boss asked you), and were hurt while performing said task while on the job. You are most certainly entitled to workers' compensation.
Like we said, there are some gray areas here and there when dealing with a case like this, but if you've been hurt while on the job doing something similar to this, you need to callEric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485.
We will go over what happened with you and help you determine the best course of action. We will fight vigorously for you to make sure you get the full compensation you deserve!