Arizona Court Rules Against Worker Injured After Business Errand

An Arizona court ruled that an employee injured in a car accident is not entitled to workers’ compensation even though she was doing a business-related errand to finish her work day.

The employee, while driving home, deviated from her normal commute by stopping at another location of her employer to drop off a manual. She then got into an accident a few minutes later.

She applied for workers’ compensation coverage for her injuries, which she claimed were incurred on the job.

The state Court of Appeals, however ruled on August 3 that she wasn’t eligible because she had finished her work day and was headed home.

The ruling said the trip began as a business errand but she had completed that errand by the time the accident occurred.