Workers CompensationMobile Devices Lead to Increase in Workers’ Compensation Claims

June 3, 2015by Aaron Allison

businesswoman sending a text while drivingIn today’s world of mobile devices, iPads, wireless headsets and laptops, it seems no matter where we go, work can go with us if we choose. Employers have jumped at the chance to provide new technology to workers with the intention and hope of seeing higher levels of productivity. An unexpected consequence has been a rise in situations where injuries at work become a disputed matter. The question, at its most basic, is whether or not a company owes a worker workers’ compensation if the worker is injured while using technology provided by the employer. So far, the courts have not handed down a definitive decision.

For example: imagine an employee with a work phone checking his email while driving. If the employee crashes, is that a work-related injury? So far, it depends on who you ask. The courts are looking at multiple factors, including whether there were undue expectations placed on workers that caused them to get into a technology-caused accident. As the insurance world and employers continue to navigate this system, it is important to have a knowledgeable Austin workers’ compensation attorney advising you if you’ve been injured.

What Happens if I’m Injured While Using Office Equipment?

Workers’ compensation is available for individuals who are injured while performing job related tasks. If you were injured while using distracting technology for work purposes but were not at work, you may still be entitled to workers’ compensation. Connect with our firm today on Facebook or Twitter, or peruse our blog about similar issues.

The Law Offices of Aaron Allison – Austin Personal Injury Attorney

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Aaron Allison, a second-generation personal injury lawyer from Austin, follows in the footsteps of his father, who founded their firm in 1978. Admitted to practice by the Texas Supreme Court, the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron brings extensive legal expertise to his clients.

Specializing in personal injury cases, Aaron offers a distinct advantage for Texas workers injured on the job. With Texas workers' compensation laws leading many attorneys to avoid these cases, Aaron is one of only 40 lawyers among 95,000 in Texas who represent injured workers in straight workers' compensation cases. His firm continues to provide dedicated support for those suffering catastrophic work injuries, maintaining a proud tradition of advocacy spanning decades.