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PA Workers Comp and Food Poisoning

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Is food poisoning covered by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits? It’s a question we often receive. And, like many other situations, it depends on the circumstances. 
 
If you get food poisoning from something you brought from home, you most likely cannot get Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits, even if the food is eaten on company property. This is also true if you eat restaurant food that you paid for yourself on your lunch break, regardless of whether or not it is eaten on company property. 
 
There are, however, situations where food poisoning may be covered by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. If your employer provides food that makes you sick, you may be entitled to compensation. This is especially true for mandatory meetings and conferences. This goes for food that is prepared both on and off company property. 
 
You also may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation if you get food poisoning from restaurant food that was consumed as a result of a work-related event, even if the food is consumed in the restaurant and not on work property. Food poisoning may also be covered if is the result of a company picnic. 
 
Basically, if food you bring from home or pick up in a restaurant independently (meaning that no meeting was taking place and that you could have had lunch anywhere you wanted to), it’s not covered by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. But, if food that you ate as a result of a mandatory work-related event makes you sick, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. 
 
If you live in Harrsiburg, Allentown, or Bethlehem area and have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a free consultation.
 

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