Young California Workers May Receive Workers’ Compensation As WellBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 6, 2012 | In Workers Compensation
Each year, thousands of California teenagers take on full- or part-time jobs as a way to earn money, save for college, or gain valuable employment experience. Just like workers of any age, young workers can and do suffer injuries while on the job. In California, employees under age 18 may qualify for CA workers’ compensation benefits if they are injured, just as older workers do.
About 50 teens under age 18 die from work-related injuries each year in the U.S., and another 53,000 have to visit hospital emergency rooms due to their injuries. California laws are designed to help protect young workers from some of the most hazardous job duties. For instance, the law prohibits workers under 18 from driving while on the job in most circumstances, using powered equipment or tools, or working in some of the highest-risk jobs, like wrecking, roofing, logging, or jobs that create a risk of exposure to radiation.Even in less risky workplaces, however, some risk of injury is always present. When a teenage employee is injured on the job in California, workers’ compensation benefits may cover some or all of the costs associated with the injury and with missed work. For instance, employers who hire teens in California must be prepared to offer the following workers’ compensation benefits to an injured young employee who qualifies:
- Coverage for medical bills associated with the injury;
- Payments for lost wages if recovery means missing three days of work or more; and
- Disability benefits if the injury causes a disability.
If you’ve been injured at work, a dedicated workers’ compensation lawyer in Los Angeles at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help you determine if you qualify for benefits and get the benefits you need. Call us today at (800) 438-7734 today for a free case evaluation. Please also visit our case results page for information on our past successes.