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California Workers’ Compensation for Teens: A Parent’s Guide

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on December 12, 2012 | In Workers Compensation

Many Californians get their first jobs during their teenage years as a way to earn money, practice responsibility, and learn practical on-the-job skills. But teens can also be injured on the job, just like any adult worker.

Teens have rights under California workers’ compensation law just like adult workers do. It’s important for parents to know about their child’s rights under California law and to contact a skilled workers’ compensation attorney if the need arises.

For instance, parents of working California teens should know that:

  • State labor laws prohibit teens from doing certain kinds of work. This includes certain types of dangerous work, working late, or working long hours. All of these situations can lead to a workplace injury or have a negative impact on a teen’s other responsibilities, like schoolwork.
  • Teens are covered by Cal/OSHA safety regulations. Teenage workers are entitled to the same protections under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) as adult workers. This includes the right to appropriate safety equipment and training and the right to work in a place that is free from unreasonable dangers.
  • Workers’ compensation applies to teens too. If a teenage worker is injured on the job, he or she may apply for workers’ compensation benefits.

At the Kenton Kozsdin Law Office, our experienced Los Angeles County workers’ compensation lawyers have helped many California workers of all ages get the compensation they deserve after an on-the-job accident or injury. Call us today at (888) 734-4438 to learn more and visit our Case Results page to see how we have helped other California workers.

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