Am I entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits if I was hurt while volunteering?

If you are injured while volunteering, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. This will depend on the unique circumstances surrounding your case, as well as state laws. For a better understanding of your legal rights, contact aRichmondwork injury lawyer today.

In some states, Workers Compensation rights are given to volunteers. For instance, volunteer firefighters may qualify. Other states allow employers the choice of whether to cover volunteers.

In general, however, a volunteer is not eligible to recover benefits. Workers’ Compensation benefits are usually reserved for situations in which a worker is injured while on-the-clock.

This is the same concept as workers not being entitled to benefits if they are injured while on their way to or from work. It is only during work hours when the employee is considered ‘on-the-clock’ or otherwise ‘at work’ that eligibility for Workers’ Compensation typically applies.

Of course, every situation is different and various factors may be present that affect the case. To learn more about your rights, seek legal counsel.

Contact Virginia Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

Each work injury case may be different, with rules and state laws that may impact it. With so many complexities surrounding this area of the law, it may be in your best interest to talk with a Richmond work injury lawyer.

You may also order a copy of our free book, the Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia. This guide can help you better understand your rights as an employee. When you believe your rights have been violated, contact a Workers’ Comp attorney at the Injured Workers Law Firm for a no-cost consultation – 877-755-7744 or 804-755-7755.

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The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.