The Illinois Appellate Court recently reversed benefits for a worker injured in a parking lot fall. While we obviously support injured workers fully receiving any and all benefits prescribed by law, based on prior IL Supreme Court rulings and the specific facts of this case, the Appellate Court probably got this one correct. It is important to keep in mind an injury in a parking lot will only be compensable utilizing the following factors:
(1) whether the parking lot was owned by the employer;
(2) whether the employer exercised control or dominion over the parking lot;
(3) whether the parking lot was a route required by the employer.
Otherwise, falling on your way into work just doesn't count under the law.
A link to the case is below: