From your first date to your first car and your first job, adolescence brings precious memories that most people find worth preserving for a lifetime. However, to some minors, the memory of their summer job or after-school gig is something they would rather forget about — especially if they are hurt in a job that they ought not to be having in the first place.
In North Carolina, most employers are obligated to hold workers’ compensation insurance, and it generally covers anyone employed, whether legally or not.
Workers under the age of 18 are entitled to additional protection. For instance, your benefits as an adult will be calculated based on your past income. However, if you are a minor, your benefits will be calculated based on your future earning potential. This means that the labor court will take into account what you would be making in the same role if you were an adult.
So what should you do if you are hurt at work?
If you are hurt at work, you should take the same steps anyone else would take. First, you need to seek treatment as soon as you can and let your employer know about your injuries. Under North Carolina workers’ compensation laws, you have 30 days to notify your employer about your injuries. Additionally, you have up to two years to file a workers’ compensation claim. It is extremely important that you observe these timelines.
An injury at work can happen at any time. Find out how you can protect your rights and pursue the damages you are entitled to if you are hurt at work.