I was at orientation yesterday and I tripped over a rock in the parking lot that was not part of the concrete. The Rock was red and looked to be part of the decorative landscaping that had been kicked or shifted into the parking lot. When I tripped I was in front of the orientation leader and 5 other new employees. I have a sprained ankle and could not go into work today because of the pain and swelling not allowing me to wear the required closed toe shoes or walk properly. I called in and let the employer know today because it swelled a lot worse over night.
Yes, this claim should be covered by worker's compensation. Accidents that occur in the employer provided parking lot during ingress and egress from work are considered to have occurred in the course of employment. You should request that the employer send you for a medical evaluation.
I agree that this should be covered. Each state is different so I defer to the NJ attys here on specifics but I would report this injury as work related asap
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It depends on who your employer is and which state you are located in. Each state has their own Workers Comp laws and they often differ from state to state. Furthermore, if you work for the Federal Government, they have their own Workers Compensation program, which is almost completely different.
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