Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Seasonal and Part-Time Workers
In the wake of the holiday season and looking ahead to summer vacation, those who opt to take on seasonal work may have several questions regarding work injuries and what protections they may be entitled to. The good news is that Georgia's workers' compensation laws are designed to protect nearly all employees—including those that work part-time or seasonally.
This means that if you are a seasonal or part-time worker that gets injured on the job, you may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. However, there are a couple of crucial questions to ask that can help you to understand your right to benefits.
Who Is Your Employer?
Depending on your circumstances, there may be a grey area when it comes to knowing who your employer is. While you may have been hired through an agency or third-party service, you could be reporting to someone entirely different. Understanding this distinction is crucial for knowing who to report your work accident to and who you should be receiving benefits from.
Are You An Independent Contractor?
It's not uncommon for workers to be hired as independent contractors during big construction projects or seasonal work. However, the caveat here is that independent contractors are not guaranteed workers' compensation benefits like other employees. Before signing a contract for your part-time or seasonal work, ensure that you fully understand the role you are agreeing to—this can be crucial if you happen to become injured on the job.
Work Injury? We Can Help.
Whether you're in a full-time salary position or a seasonal worker, you deserve to have your rights protected following a work injury. Our The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC attorneys can help you understand the workers' compensation claims process and advocate on your behalf if benefits are delayed or denied.
Get started with a free consultation with a member of our team by calling (770) 629-9321 or filling out this short form.