Many people pick up extra work over the holidays. Stores need temporary workers to meet the demands of shoppers, and qualified workers are happy to pick up extra hours and make a little more cash for their own holiday shopping. Whether you are a student home on break, a part-time worker picking up extra hours, or a stay-at-home parent supplementing the household income, seasonal work can be very helpful at this time of year. However, the work is not always easy and the kinds of jobs offered to temporary workers over the holidays can lead to on-the-job injuries. If this happens, you need to be aware of your right to collect worker’s compensation.
What Is Worker’s Compensation?
Often referred to as workers’ comp, this is an insurance program that most employers in Kansas and Missouri are required by law to provide to their employees. If a worker is injured or disabled while performing his or her job duties, he or she may make a claim and will be paid benefits to cover medical expenses and partial lost wages. In both Missouri and Kansas, all workers, including full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees, are covered by workers’ comp.
How Seasonal Workers Are Likely to Be Injured
The most common seasonal jobs are in the retail industry. Inexperienced temporary workers are often assigned to restocking tasks and they are rarely trained adequately in the safest procedures to avoid injury. As a result, seasonal retail workers are prone to overexertion injuries caused by lifting, carrying, pulling, pushing, holding, and carrying. Temporary cashiers are exposed to repetitive-use injuries caused by retrieving and scanning items for long stretches of time. Other seasonal work includes assisting with package deliveries, loading large items into cars, working on Christmas tree lots, and doing light assembly—all of which can lead to similar overexertion and repetitive-use injuries. Just because your job ends with the new year doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to medical care if you are injured on the job.
What to Do If You Are Injured on the Job
In order to be eligible for workers’ comp benefits when you are injured at work, you must follow these steps:
- Get medical attention as soon as possible
- Notify your employer immediately
- Fill out a workers’ compensation claim form
- Make an appointment with a doctor designated by your employer
- Seek legal assistance if your employer does not cooperate at any stage of the claim
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we understand your rights as a seasonal employee, even if your employer doesn’t. If your claim meets with resistance from your employer, contact one of our Kansas City-area offices. We will make sure your rights are respected.