Are Volunteers Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

A Businessperson With Broken Arm Filling Health Insurance Claim Form When people are injured on the job, there are workers’ compensation claims rights in place to help recover lost wages. However, volunteers face a grey area when they get injured on the job. How are they able to receive compensation? Johnson & Biscone may still be able to help. 

Workers’ Compensation Basics

Workers’ compensation, or workers’ comp, is a type of insurance that supports employees who get hurt or are otherwise incapacitated while on the job. Compensation includes wage replacement, medical treatment, temporary or permanent disability pay and vocational rehabilitation. In our state, these benefits are managed by the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission (OWCC).

Are Volunteers Covered by Workers’ Comp?

Volunteers are people who offer a service without monetary compensation. They might receive experience or college credits. Still, volunteers usually do not have an employer-employee relationship with the organization for which they are volunteering. Because of this, they are generally not eligible for workers’ compensation.

It is important to note that there are some exceptions. Factors such as the duration of the volunteer work and the type of business entity can play a role in coverage. An organization may also have liability insurance or explicit volunteer accident policies. In these scenarios, an injured volunteer would be eligible for some level of coverage.

Find Out If You’re Eligible for Workers’ Comp in Oklahoma City, OK

If you were injured volunteering, you may wonder if you are eligible for compensation. You should consult with legal professionals who can provide up-to-date information regarding the eligibility of volunteers for workers’ compensation benefits. 

Call us at 405-232-6490 today for a free review of your case. With our knowledge and expertise in their corner, Oklahoma workers can feel safe knowing their rights are protected. 

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