Do I have to actually be working when I’m injured in order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits? What if I’m injured during my lunch break?

In order to collect workers compensation benefits, you must prove that your injury or illness arose as a direct result of performing required job duties, or as a direct result of your employment relationship. You do not need to prove that your employer was negligent or careless in any way in order to collect workers comp benefits, even your own negligence won’t disqualify you if your behavior did not violate company policy. Injuries that occur on a lunch break are generally not going to qualify you for workers compensation benefits except in special circumstances.

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