by David P. Nomberg, Esq.
With the recent Alabama Court of Civil Appeals decision of Hospice Family Care v. Allen, No. 2140861 (Ala. Civ. App. June 10, 2016), employees who are injured during the course of running personal errands may still be able to recover workers' compensation benefits.
In Allen, an employee was frequently traveling as part of her employment. One afternoon, the employee was traveling home to finish completing tasks for her employer when she briefly stopped at the pharmacy to pick up personal items. When the employee left the pharmacy and proceeded towards her house, she was struck by another vehicle and killed on impact. The employee's husband brought suit against her employer for workers' compensation benefits. The employer alleged that because the employee had stopped for a personal errand, workers' compensation did not apply.Read More