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What is considered horseplay in workplace accidents?

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2020 | Construction Workers' Accidents |

If you have been injured in the workplace and financial damages occurred as a result of this accident, you have the right to file for workers’ compensation. When you file for workers’ compensation, you will need to provide details of the nature of your accident.

Workers’ compensation is fairly inclusive of all types of accidents in the workplace. Unlike car accident claims, you will not be required to prove that you were not at fault for the causation of the injury in order to gain back damages. However, if it is shown that the cause of the accident was horseplay, you may not be entitled to workers’ compensation. The following is an overview of what you need to know about horseplay in the context of workers’ compensation.

What is the definition of horseplay?

Horseplay is a term to describe any type of rough or boisterous play that occurs in the workplace. For example, playing a practical joke on another worker would be an example of horseplay. Similarly, racing a vehicle such as a forklift truck would be potentially dangerous horseplay.

When would I not be eligible for workers’ compensation due to horseplay?

If you were actively engaging in horseplay and became injured as a result, it’s likely that you will not be able to receive workers’ compensation. However, if you were an innocent worker who was the victim of another worker’s practical joke and you were injured as a result, it’s likely that you will be able to gain back damages.

If you were injured at work, but you have been accused by your employer of engaging in horseplay, it is important that you take action to prove otherwise and get the damages that you deserve.

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