|By PR Newswire||
|September 5, 2014 07:00 AM EDT||
NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In what may come as a surprise to some, if a person is injured in a company kickball game, he or she can be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, according to the U.S. News and World Report (South Carolina Supreme Court: Workers' Compensation OK for Injuries from Company Kickball Game, August 27, 2014). At least that's the case now in South Carolina.
The man seeking workers' compensation benefits was Stephen Whigham, an employee of Jackson Dawson Communications, a public relations firm. Mr. Whigham organized a kickball game as a team-building event for employees and shattered two bones in his leg while trying to avoid a tag. Mr. Whigham eventually needed a knee replacement, but his initial workers' compensation claim was denied. Eventually, the high court ruled in his favor, finding that because Mr. Whigham had to be at the game since he was the organizer, it was part of his job.
"While this case may be fairly unique, it still stands to show the potential strength of the workers' compensation system," said Adnan Munawar, Partner at Munawar & Andrews-Santillo LLP. "The whole idea is that people should be able to do their jobs and the activities required by them without fear of suffering the consequences of an injury alone. This man suffered a severe injury while on the job, and while it was during a seemingly recreational activity, it was still part of his job and his injury should be covered."
"People should keep in mind, however, that different states rule differently over the same issues and one should not use South Carolina's logic to make a decision somewhere else. This is one of many areas in which you will want to consult with an expert who has knowledge of your state's laws and interpretations and who can best advise you if you are injured on the job. If an injury is preventing you from working and you need benefits to replace your income while you recover, you will want to know that your claim is being handled as effectively and efficiently as possible. And remember, you only ever pay an attorney fee if your claim is successful, so there is no reason not to seek professional assistance with your claim."
"If your or a loved one has suffered an injury or worse caused by the performance of a job, contact a New York Workers' Compensation lawyer to receive information about the workers' compensation claim process and get your claims started right away."
About Munawar & Andrews-Santillo, LLP
Munawar & Andrews-Santillo, LLP ("MLawfirm") is a Personal Injury Law Firm in New York City. Our team of highly qualified and skilled attorneys handles and represents clients in a wide range of legal areas including: Car/Auto Accidents, Bike Accidents, Truck Accidents, Construction Accidents, Workers Compensation, Medical Malpractice and No-Fault Collection/Litigation/Arbitration or Accidents. If you need legal help feel free to contact our attorneys. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to our clients. Because Insurance companies have their attorneys, adjusters and representatives well trained to defend, delay and frustrate your right to recover full and adequate compensation and damages. One of our greatest strengths is that we are Trial Lawyers. That means we prepare client's case as if it is going to court and we use tireless effort to secure the best possible results for them. At Munawar & Andrews-Santillo LLP, a preeminent New York law firms, no case is too large or too small. Our attorneys treat all clients with the respect and dignity they deserve. Our law firm and attorneys work hard to deliver the very best results to all of our clients. Do you have a legal issue? Do not hesitate to call for free consultation at (212)-400-4000.
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SOURCE Munawar & Andrews-Santillo, LLP
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