Home-Based Employment Information

March 2nd, 2012

Marge of the Garrow Law office recently attended a seminar on what is new in Oregon workers’ compensation law.  A new case holds  that if you work for your employer out of your house, you may still be covered by workers’ compensation for hazards you encounter at your home.

In the recent case, the worker, a custom decorator, kept her employer’s samples and supplies in her garage at her employer’s request.  She tripped over her dog on her way to the garage to pick up samples before meeting with a client.  The employer denied the claim.

The Oregon Court of Appeals disagreed and found that this was a work injury because the worker’s home environment was also her work environment.  If you have question regarding an on-the-job injury or your workers’ compensation case, please contact our office.


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