When Is a Parking Lot Fall a Work Injury?

An interesting question arises in the field of New Jersey workers’ compensation law when an employee is injured in the parking lot of an employer either before work begins or after work ends. What happens when an employee arrives at work, parks, and falls sustaining an injury before actually entering the building and punching in for the work day?

These cases are very common. They also are very fact sensitive. As the New Jersey Supreme Court pointed out in the 2000 case of Bowers v. ICT Group, “the fact that the [employee] had punched out does not preclude compensability because the situs of the accident and the employer’s control of that location are the dispositive factors.” Therefore, it is possible to bring a workers’ compensation claim for an injury sustained in an employees’ parking lot either before the work day begins or after the work day ends.

If you have suffered an injury of this type, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Contact an attorney at the Princeton, New Jersey personal injury law firm of Lependorf & Silverstein for a consultation regarding your legal rights. Our Princeton workers comp attorneys can advise you of your legal rights.