Substance abuse contributes dramatically
to job injuries. Suppose
you have an employee with a drug or
alcohol problem. If he injures himself
because he’s drunk or high and
can’t control his power saw, would
his injury be covered by worker’s
compensation? Yes indeed. Even if he
was so blind drunk that he caused
the injury by passing out onto a table
saw, he’s still covered. This is why
your worker’s comp insurance carrier
gets so huffy about substance abuse
on the job.
Suppose your drunk or high
employee injures another employee.
Could the injured employee get
worker’s comp money from you? If
he gets himself a good lawyer, he
may be able to do better than that.