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TEENAGE & OTHER PART-TIME WORKERS QUALIFY FOR WORKERS COMP

TEENAGE & OTHER PART-TIME WORKERS QUALIFY FOR WORKERS COMP

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 28 million people work part-time jobs--and the number continues to steadily increase. In July 2014, the Bureau released data demonstrating that this figure includes 3.6 million people who work a part-time job in addition to a full-time job and 1.74 million who work two part-time jobs.

While part-time employees may not receive paid time off, medical benefits, or 401(k) plans, they do qualify for Worker's Compensation for any work-related injury, even if they are under 18 years of age. In fact, workers ages 15-17 are statistically more at risk of a work-related injury than those over the age of 25.

The teen injury rate is 4.9 injuries per 100. For the 10-year period of 1998 to 2007, 15-to-24-year-old workers suffered an annual average of 795,000 nonfatal injuries that were treated in U.S. hospital injury departments. This is two times higher than the rate among employees ages 25 years and older. The Center for Disease Control's website states that the U.S. Public Health Service has been charged with a "Healthy People" objective to reduce rates of occupational injuries treated in emergency departments among workers 15-19 years of age by 10% by 2020.

According to the CDC, the higher occupational injury rates among young workers are in part explained by the high number of hazards they encounter in the typical teen work environment (e.g. hazards in restaurant settings associated with slippery floors and use of knives and cooking equipment). Inexperience and lack of safety training may also increase injury risk.

The Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry notes that the most common teenage work injuries involve:

  • Cuts from glass or knives,
  • Sprains and strains from lifting,
  • Falls on wet or slippery floors,
  • Amputation and other serious injuries from power mixers, meat slicers, and conveyors,
  • Reported fatalities often involve work on construction sites and work-related motor vehicle accidents.

No matter the age, worker's compensation benefits for part-time employees are the same as for full-time workers:

  • Lost Wages,
  • Coverage of Related Medical Expenses, including hospital bills, surgeries, follow-up appointments, prescriptions, physical therapy, and out-of-pocket expenses,
  • Home Health or Long-Term Care Facility Expenses,
  • Coverage of Future Related Medical Expenses,
  • Loss of Future Earning Capacity,
  • Temporary and Permanent Disability Benefits, and
  • Vocational Rehabilitation, including career counseling, alternative job training, and placement services.

Additional compensation may be available for loss of a normal life, which financially compensates injured workers for a wide variety of impacts that their injuries have on their lives. For high school and college students, this might include the missed weeks or months of school that may result in their graduating with lower grades or later than planned, loss of athletic or academic scholarships, and lost tuition. Loss of a normal life is a quality- of-life damage and also includes loss of enjoyment of life and pain and suffering.

ALWAYS REPORT AN INJURY

Injury reports are imperative to any worker's compensation case. If you or your loved one experiences an injury at work, you must report it and should do so as soon after the injury as possible. An oral report of the incident to a supervisor is acceptable in Illinois.

Many part-time workers feel pressure from managers to not file a report. This pressure may be most effective on younger workers. Be sure you understand your rights and that you must make at least an oral report to help cover medical expenses and lost wages. If you make an oral report to your supervisor, be sure to write down the name and title of the person to whom you reported your injury, the date and time your reported it, and the names of co-workers who witnessed the incident or witnessed your oral report.

Be sure to contact an attorney at Adler & Adler, P.C. following any work-related injury. Call us at (312) 443-1488.

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