WHAT IS “ARISING OUT OF EMPLOYMENT”? By, Michele Lewane
This means that there needs to be a connection between your injury and the conditions of your work. Here is an example. You are walking up or down normal steps at work and your knee gives way and you fall. This does not arise out of employment and would not be covered under workers’ compensation. In general, if you fall and you don’t know why, then it will not be covered under workers’ compensation. However, if you slipped due to oil on the floor or because you were carrying a box that caused you to miss a step on the stairwell, it would be covered. Many people who slip and fall at work are denied workers’ compensation because they are not paying attention to the exact reason why they fell because they don’t think that it matters. It is very important to remember what caused your fall, that it was related to your work conditions, and that you tell people the cause of the fall, not just that you fell.