What You Need to Know About Workers' Comp For Teenagers

Just like adult workers, teenage workers face numerous safety hazards that can cause them injury each time they go to work. But what happens if a teenager is injured and unable to return to work, are they also entitled to workers compensation? In this blog, we break down what you need to know about teenage workers and workers’ compensation injury claims.

When it comes to workplace injuries involving teenage employees, there are special provisions in place to protect minors. Most state’s standards for workers compensation protection for minor employees go above and beyond the standard worker’s comp protections that adult workers have. Minors are usually given the following additional protections when claiming workers’ comp:

  • Future Earning Capacity
  • Illegal Employment
  • Special Benefit Provisions

Future Earning Capacity

This provision is considered when a minor’s work injury results in partial or permanent disability. The burden of proof is generally on the employee, who must show the severity of their disability and how it will interfere with their ability to earn a living in the future.

Even if a minor employee is employed illegally, workers comp laws still protect the minor and sometimes even increase the amount that the injured minor can be paid. Illegal employment of a minor can include missing work permits and having minor’s work shifts that exceed the number of hours allowed under the law. In New York, the amount of compensation for an injured employee who was illegally employed can be doubled or tripled.

Special benefits provisions protect minors with on-the-job injuries, however a guardian will usually be required to settle a permanent or partial disability claim. In New York, minors have to be approved by the state work comp board, industrial commission, or court system.

The special protections given to injured minors under workers’ compensation laws are supposed to prevent them from being exploited by employers.

Do you have a teenage child who was injured at work? You and your child might be entitled to financial compensation. Our team of workers’ compensation lawyers can review your case and help you file a strong claim for benefits. At Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP, we are dedicated to helping workers of all age fight to uphold their labor rights. Our lawyers have years of experiences handling injury cases and we can make sure your interests are protected.

Call (646) 461-4009 to schedule your free consultation with our team today.