Off The Record – Workers’ Comp – Safe Entry and Exit
Hi, I’m Bill Turley from the law firm of Turley Redmond & Rosasco. And today I wanna talk to you about safe entry and exit from the work premises. So, let’s say that you are leaving your office for the day, you’ve clocked out, walking down the hallway, you go down the stairs, and you go into the parking lot and you’re heading towards a car, and you trip on some broken concrete, and you fall, and you break your wrist. Okay.
There’s a question as to whether that is a work-related injury because after all, you have clocked out for the day, you’ve walked out the door, you’re just heading towards your car. Well, the truth of the matter is that is a work-related injury because your employer is supposed to guarantee the employee safe entry and exit from the work premises, okay? And in that sense, the work [SP] premises could include the parking lot.
There are many other instances involving safe entry and exit from the workplace. We also refer to it as safe ingress and egress. Those are just, you know, fancy Latin terms for the same thing. But you could also be covered when you’re actually driving into the work premises. There are many cases out there that say that if there’s only one road leading in and out of the work premises, and you were involved in a car accident on the way into work on that one road that leads into the work premises, you could also be covered. But again, it’s a gray area. It requires a lot of interpretation. And you really do require the services of an attorney when you’re involved in a situation like that.
So, if you have any questions about safe entry and exit or ingress and egress from the work premises, please give us a call at 631-582-3700, or check us out on the web at www.nydisabilitylaw.com. This is Bill Turley, and thank you for listening.