Seasonal Workers More Likely to Be Injured on the Job
December 5, 2018
Many Americans seek temporary or seasonal work to make extra money, especially just before the holidays. These workers range in age from teens to elderly people. They may be students that are home for winter break, parents trying to earn a few extra bucks to buy holiday gifts, or sometimes those who occasionally take on second jobs to bolster their incomes. But they may have one thing in common: they may not have much experience in their temporary field. And, unfortunately, they may be far more likely to suffer a workplace injury than someone with more experience.
Despite their temporary status, workers who take on seasonal work in Pennsylvania are considered employees by law, and they have the same basic legal rights as a year-round worker. This means that if a seasonal worker is hurt on the job, that person may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Applying for workers’ compensation can be a complex process, but a qualified attorney can make it much easier, building the strongest possible case and ensuring that the necessary documentation is provided.
Workers’ Comp Benefits for Seasonal Workers
If you are injured on the job as a seasonal worker – even though you may only be employed for a short period of time – you should be entitled to proper medical care. You may also be entitled to wages lost during the period you are out of work recovering from your injury – even if your injury occurs on the first day of work.
Seasonal employees working in potentially more dangerous fields – such as landscaping or construction – might naturally be more inclined to suffer an injury when handling equipment they are not used to. But even in retail work, which is a common work setting for many seasonal workers, accidents can and do happen frequently. For example, retail workers may be required to lift heavy boxes, which could lead to sprains and strains. They may be hit by heavy items that fall from a shelf. Additionally, seasonal workers may have greater interactions with the public, which could result in violent exchanges.
There are many reasons a seasonal worker in any industry has a higher chance of injury, including:
- Less experience doing the job and less time to build skills
- Lack of proper training
- Less familiarity with the use of safety equipment
- A rushed atmosphere and pressure to get things done quickly
- More clutter and debris during high-volume-shopping times
Reading Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Protect Seasonal Employees
The legal team at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. is dedicated to protecting your workplace rights whether you are a seasonal worker or a year-round employee. We understand it can be challenging for seasonal workers to get the benefits they are entitled to, but we can help. We offer compassionate and responsive personal service to each client, working tirelessly to ensure you receive the benefits to which you are entitled. Call a Reading workers’ compensation lawyer today at 888-PITT-LAW or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case.
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