Can My Teenager File for Workers’ Comp?By Kenton Koszdin on March 15, 2021 | In Blogs
When we think about workers’ compensation, we tend to discuss the topic as if it applies only to adults – or people over the age of 18. Many people don’t think of underage occupations as high-risk positions where a minor might find themselves injured on the job! But did you know:
- an average of 53,000 teenagers finds themselves in the hospital due to work-related injuries.
- that 50 teenagers under the age of 18 are fatally injured on the job each year in the U.S.
These statistics alone can be a wake-up call to many parents out there with teenagers or children approaching their teenhood. As we continue to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and grapple with our current economic climate, more families than ever have found themselves out of work or in need of taking on additional work. It includes the teenagers in families who decide seeking a job is right for them to help their family and themselves better.
In California, any child under the age of 18 may qualify for CA workers’ compensation benefits in the event of a work-related injury or illness. While working any job can pose a risk, California laws prevent young workers from taking on positions that will put them at a higher risk of injury, illness, or exposure to other hazards. Workers’ compensation for minors under the age of 18 in California can provide invaluable benefits in the event of experiencing a work-related injury or illness:
- Partial or full coverage of medical expenses and bills associated with the work-related injury.
- Compensation for wages lost due to missing work for three days or longer.
- Eligibility for disability benefits if the injury causes a disability.
If you know someone or if you are the parent of a child hurt on the job, it’s time to act. Our specialized workers’ compensation lawyers at Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security Attorney in Van Nuys, come in. Contact us today at (800) 438-7734 to schedule your free and confidential consultation.