Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Trip and Fall Injuries?

This video features Sarah E. Stottlemyer, an Employment and Labor Law attorney based in Georgia.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney Explains

Video Transcript:

Tom Mustin: 

If you trip and fall while working and are injured as a result, are you entitled to the workers' comp? We ask attorney Sarah Stottlemyer in this Ask the Lawyers quick question.

Sarah Stottlemyer: 

That's actually a complex question, because if it's what's called an idiopathic injury, then you are really not entitled to workers' comp, that means that the exact same thing could have happened while you were just walking around outside, it's basically, are you exposed or is the general public exposed to the same kind of risk that you are pursuant to your job? However, if you're walking down the hall as a nurse, you trip and fall and you hit your head on something, falling down, maybe a tray or something, then that's absolutely compensable. So it really is very fact-specific on whether or not it's an idiopathic injury and would be found compensable.

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