Posted On: December 17, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Court Says Math Teacher Injured on School Ski Trip is Entitled Obtain to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

A math teacher has a right to receive workers’ compensation for shoulder injuries she sustained during a high school ski trip. Karen Sikorski was a chaperone on the trip when she got hurt.

Sikorski filed a claim to obtain work injury benefits but the city maintained that the injuries occurred during a recreational activity that she had volunteered to take part in. Workers’ compensation law in this particular state exempts employers from covering workers for injuries sustained in certain settings, such as picnics. Sikorski, however, argued that she was acting in her role as a teacher on the trip even though she volunteered to go.

By finding in favor of the math teacher, the highest court in the state noted that the school administration had asked members of the faculty to volunteer to chaperone and wanted teachers to take part in extracurricular activities.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation
Do not give up if your employer or its insurance company has chosen to deny your benefits. Many workers agree to receive less than what they can get. This is unfortunate. Each state has their workers’ compensation laws, which is why if you’ve been injured in an Illinois work accident, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation law firm.

Not obtaining the work injury benefits you are owed can affect your finances and recovery. Retaining the right legal representation increases the chances that what you get back will be greater than if you chose to pursue your claim alone.

SJC rules on teacher workers-comp suit, Boston Business Journal, December 11, 2009

Teachers covered for injuries as chaperones,, December 12, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Your Right to Workers' Comp Benefits FAQ


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