Working from home may have its benefits, but just like any other workplace, certain conditions could arise and increase the likelihood of injury. Your employer does not control your work environment, however, they could end up liable for certain injuries you might sustain while working from home.

Georgia’s workers’ compensation law is very specific and the burden of proof for work from home injuries often falls to the claimant. Before you file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, review the following criteria your claim must meet.

Not all incidents qualify

The most common work from home injuries involve office duties that require heavy or repetitive lifting, sitting in front of a computer screen for long hours, etc. Though you are working from home and may make adjustments to facilitate comfort and improve productivity, your employer bears some responsibility for your working conditions. Due to the location of work, employers have less control over potential hazards that could impact your ability to work safely. Employees who engage in misconduct during the occurrence of their workplace accidents could become ineligible for benefits.

Not all employment statuses qualify

Your employment status can affect your ability to file a claim. Employers do not have to provide workers’ compensation coverage for independent contractors. Contractors who sustain injuries or fall ill while performing their work duties are not eligible for benefits. If you are a W-2 employee at the time of your workplace accident, your employer has an obligation to cover any medical expenses and lost wages that arise from the incident.

If you plan to file a workers’ compensation claim for a work-related injury, timeliness matters. You have 30 days from the date of your accident or illness onset to notify your employer.