Is An Injured Volunteer Protected By Workers’ Compensation?
Volunteers are an asset to a number of businesses and organizations. But something that’s often overlooked is what happens to an injured volunteer when they get hurt while working for an organization or business.
Don’t assume that injured volunteers will be protected by workers’ comp
The definition of an employee in the state of South Carolina is quite broad. It includes full-time and part-time workers, adults and minors, and others who have been hired to do certain jobs. Unpaid volunteers are considered to be gratuitous employees and are not subject to the workers compensation act. However, organizations and companies that use volunteers can obtain coverage and insurance specifically for volunteers to protect them if anything were to happen.
Because volunteers aren’t entitled workers’ comp benefits, organizations and companies should stop and consider the likelihood of an injury. An injured volunteer still has the ability to file a lawsuit.
If you have any questions regarding an injured volunteer or workers compensation, contact The Clardy Law Firm for more information.