Special Hazard Rule Law and Legal Definition

Special hazard rule is a principle granting compensation to employees for injuries sustained while traveling to or from work. The principle is only applicable if a route used contains unique risks or hazards and is not ordinarily used by the public. The principle is an exception to the general rule that an employee is not covered for injuries that occurs during the employee’s travel. In Kash-N-Karry v. Johnson, 617 So. 2d 791 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. 1993), it was held that for a claimant to be entitled to the benefit of the special hazard rule, the claimant must demonstrate the existence of a special hazard at a particular off-premises location that is on the usual or expected means of access to the claimant's place of employment.