Worker in company car covered by workers’ comp

Workers who are using a company-owned vehicle might be considered “at work” – and thus covered by workers’ comp if they have an accidenteven if the employer believes that they’re done for the day. The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled that a sales rep was entitled to workers’ comp for injuries she suffered in a car accident after her last meeting of the day with clients.

She was headed home, although she had planned to drop off some marketing materials at an employer-provided storage unit on the way. The employer argued that the sales rep was going home and was no longer “at work” at the time of the accident. But the court disagreed, and said the rep was covered because she was in a company car on a job-related errand when the accident occurred.