Generally speaking, if you are injured while participating in social, recreational, athletic activities, or events, even if your employer pays for them, you are not “acting in the course of employment” and therefore your injuries are not covered under Washington State’s industrial insurance act. However, there are a couple of exceptions to this rule.
1) If you participate during normal working hours
2) If you are paid by the employer to participate
3) Are directed, ordered, or reasonably believe that you are directed or ordered by the employer to participate.
According to the Department of Labor and Industries policies, you may be determined to be in the course of employment if you go to the aid of someone in a life-threatening emergency IF:
1) Your employment brought you in contact with the emergency situation
2) The situation in some way was proximate to your job, even if the person in need was not a coworker
3) Your employer derives some benefit, even if its only goodwill to the community.
If you have a claim resulting from an act of goodwill or while participating in a recreational activity, and you have questions or concerns about your claim, please call our office.