What Happens If You are Injured at a Seasonal Job?
Every holiday season, you work for a couple of months at a retail store to help with the seasonal rush. On Black Friday, a shopper rushing to get to an item knocks you over, causing you to hit your head and sustain a traumatic brain injury. You know you need medical treatment and time to rest before you should return to work, but you are concerned about the costs of medical care and losing income from missing weeks on the job. Fortunately, seasonal workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for work-related injuries just like any other employee.
California law requires employers to provide workers’ compensation coverage for employees who are hurt while they are working. This includes seasonal and temporary workers, as you do not have to work for an employer for a minimum amount of time before you are protected. You are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits the first day you are on a job, so long as your injury was sustained while you were acting within the scope of your employment.
Seasonal workers can receive benefits for the following:
- All reasonable medical expenses
- Lost wages due to missing work during the season
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits if you cannot work at all for some time
- Permanent disability (PD) benefits if the injury affected your earning ability for the rest of your life
One caveat faced by seasonal workers is that they cannot continue to receive TTD benefits in the off-season if they usually do not work during that time. However, if a seasonal employee usually finds a different job after the season ends, they can continue to receive TTD if they cannot work.
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Obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be more complicated than you may think. If you were injured on the job, discuss your situation with the Employee Defense Group. Contact us online or call 818.334.4870 for a free consultation today.