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Can I Get Workers’ Compensation if I Was Injured in a Coworking Space?


For freelancers and other people who work remotely, working from home once meant using your kitchen table as a desk or sitting on the couch with your computer on your lap. If a change of scenery was needed, a worker may have chosen to head to their local library or coffee shop.

Now, remote workers have another option, in coworking spaces. Coworking companies — such as WeWork locations — offer an office-like environment to people who do not have access to a permanent office space. If you frequently utilize a coworking space, you may be curious about your rights following an injury at one of these businesses. Your ability to recover workers’ compensation benefits will depend on the terms of your employment.

What Caused Your Injury?

To recover workers’ compensation benefits, you will need to prove that your injuries are work-related. An injury that happened while you were working could technically qualify as work-related, but in the case of an accident in a coworking space, determining liability could be more complicated. If your injuries were caused by hazardous conditions in the coworking space, a premises liability claim may be more appropriate.

Are You a Freelancer or Independent Contractor?

Once you determine that your injury qualifies for workers’ compensation coverage, you will need to determine your eligibility. Many of the people who use coworking spaces are employed as freelancers or independent contractors. Independent contractors are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. To qualify for benefits, you must be a true employee of the company you are working for.

Do You Always Work Remotely?

Your claim could go differently depending on how often you work from home. If you work remotely full-time, it could be more difficult to prove that your injuries are work-related. In comparison, if performing your job at a coworking space is an anomaly, it could affect your claim differently. Employees who work from home — regardless of how often — are entitled to workers’ compensation. Our attorneys can help you understand your rights as a worker, help you build a case, and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Am I Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

If you are employed full-time by a company and were injured while performing your job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Your entitlement to compensation will depend on the severity of your injuries, your type of employment, and other factors. Contact the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley to discuss your case.

To get in touch with our team and schedule a free case evaluation with our attorneys, complete our contact form or call (530) 413-0245.
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