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Will workers' comp cover a slip and fall in parking lot at work?

Every compensable work-related injury must arise out of and occur during the course of your employment. "In the course of your employment" refers to the time, place and circumstances which the accident occurred. Injuries sustained on an employer's premises within a reasonable time before and after work are generally compensable. However, injuries which occur to or from work are generally not compensable.

There is an exception regarding parking lots. Specifically, compensable work-incidents which occur in a parking lot must expose the employee to a greater risk of a dangerous condition which exposes you to injury than the general public.

During the winter months, our office often receives calls regarding slipping and falling on ice in a parking lot. This frequently occurs while you are on your way to or from your office or place of employment. Not every injury from falling due to icy conditions in a parking lot is compensable. In these situations, whether your claim is accepted or denied will depend upon a variety of factors, including whether the parking lot was owned by your employer, whether you were required to use that parking lot, and the location of the lot.

Since every situation is unique, it is important to gather as much information as you can about your potential case. Documenting where you fell, how it occurred, and taking photographs will ensure your claim is properly evaluated. Only an experienced workers' compensation attorney can advise you regarding your case. Please contact our office to discuss your claim and for a free legal consultation.

If you are in need of a second opinion regarding your workers' compensation claim, please feel free to contact our office. The attorneys at Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid are committed to representing people who have been seriously injured and incur significant medical expenses as a result of work related injuries. Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continue to handle workers' compensation claims and all types of other personal injury cases in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties and all throughout the Chicagoland area.

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