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Unique Workers' Compensation Aspects of Independent Contractors and Traveling Employees


Gain insight into determining whether a worker is in an employment relationship at the time of an injury.

While the decision of whether or not to pay a workers’ compensation claim is multi-factored, high on the list of elements is whether the injured worker was in the course and scope of employment. And as black and white an issue as that might seem to be, it is not always so cut and dry. There will be times a worker is designated an “independent contractor” and thus ineligible for workers’ compensation benefits. But the worker may claim that despite the classification, they were an “employee” and entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Then there is the ever-thorny issue of whether a worker that sustained an injury outside of the workplace was considered a traveling employee, which would likely make any claim for benefits for the injury compensable. This white paper reviews master-servant relationship components that are critical in making judgment calls on compensability.



Michael R. Duffy, Esq.

Michael R. Duffy, Esq.

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

  • Associate at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C., King of Prussia, PA
  • Focuses his practice on defending clients in workers' compensation matters and has successfully defended clients in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • Has been published in Claims Litigation Management (CLM) Magazine and Marshall Dennehey’s Defense Digest
  • Also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Justice Fitzgerald of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania
  • Member of the Brehon Law Society, the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association
  • J.D. degree, Widener University Delaware Law School; B.A. degree in Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Can be contacted at 610-354-8467 or [email protected]
Francis X. Wickersham, Esq.

Francis X. Wickersham, Esq.

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

  • Shareholder, Workers’ Compensation Department, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C., King of Prussia, PA
  • Workers' compensation defense, including occupational accident and insurance coverage cases
  • Published in The Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania Law Weekly and Claims Litigation Management (CLM) Magazine; author and editor of Marshall Dennehey’s What’s Hot In Workers’ Compensation (Pennsylvania section); annual Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law update - AM Best Insurance Law Digest
  • Member – CLM; Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS); Montgomery Bar Association
  • Graduate, Villanova University; graduate, Delaware Law School – Widener University
  • Can be contacted at 610-354-8263 or [email protected]

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