Many business owners in California choose to celebrate accomplishments and milestones by arranging parties for staff members during December. Alcohol is served at many of these celebrations, and it is no secret that alcohol consumption frequently leads to risky scenarios. Many workers are unsure of their eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits if they should be injured during such festivities.
Situations that involve harassment can arise, and physical injuries can be suffered at the location or when workers drive home after the party. Workers can protect themselves by limiting their alcohol intake, avoid becoming too friendly with co-workers and not take part in dangerous activities that could lead to injuries. It might be a good idea to suggest that the employer arrange transport to take workers home if alcohol is served at the party.
Workers must also know whether their presence at the celebrations is voluntary. If it is compulsory to attend a company event, any injured workers will likely be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, if they have a choice, they will probably not be able to hold the employer liable for damages resulting from injuries suffered at the event. Nevertheless, if such injuries resulted from another partygoer’s negligence or reckless behavior, the victims might have grounds to file civil lawsuits.
California workers who attended a business celebration only to land up in the hospital might have questions about possible ways to seek financial relief. An attorney who is experienced in both workers’ compensation and personal injury fields of the law can assess the circumstances and determine the most appropriate way to proceed. The lawyer can then provide the necessary guidance and support throughout any ensuing legal proceedings in pursuit of financial relief for medical expenses, lost wages and other documented damages.