At this time of year, many workers take on seasonal jobs. In Southern Florida, retail, agricultural, and construction sectors, especially, hire seasonal workers. If you are among those hired at this time of year, do you understand your rights under Homestead and South Florida workers’ compensation rules? Do you know what to do if you are injured on the job?
Seasonal Workers and Workplace Injury
As a worker, including as a seasonal worker, you have the right to be paid for your work and you have the right to a safe workplace. Unfortunately, seasonal workers do tend to have higher rates of injuries when compared with full-time workers working year-round. There are a few reasons for this:
- Seasonal workers may get less training. Sometimes, there is simply less time for full training or employers may be less willing to invest in training for temporary workers.
- Seasonal workers are less familiar with their workplace and this can lead to injuries.
- Seasonal workers at this time of year may face additional stressors. Retail workers may face larger crowds, for example, while almost all workers will face the busyness of this time of year. Fatigue and stress, in turn, can make injuries more common.
What to Do if You are Injured
There are a few ways you can reduce your risk of injury at work as a seasonal employee. Get any training you can and be sure to ask questions. Read any information you are given about safety and take time to get familiar with your workplace, evaluating it with a critical eye for any possible hazards. Be sure to get enough sleep so you are focused at work and report any unsafe conditions promptly.
If you are injured at work, be sure to report the injury to your manager or employer and get documentation of the injury. Keep in mind that you are generally covered by workers’ compensation, even if you are a seasonal worker.
Applying for workers’ compensation is important if you are injured at work. Not only is it your right, but benefits help you pay for medical care, so you can pay for treatment that helps you heal. In addition, benefits can replace some of your income so you do not face the pressure of having to return to work to pay the bills.
If you are having trouble getting fair benefits, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free case consultation with a Homestead work injury attorney. Unfortunately, some employers and insurance companies try to prevent workers from getting their rightful benefits. Our legal team can help you understand your rights and can represent you as you seek fair compensation for your injuries.