Later this week, retail stores will be bursting at the seams as Christmas shoppers frantically search for the best deals. With the rush of activity, retail stores typically hire part-time workers to help out for the next few months.
As a seasonal worker, it is important to realize that if you are hurt on the job, you have the same rights to workers’ compensation benefits as full-time workers here in Pennsylvania. It does not matter if you are taking on the extra work as a second job or this is your only job.
Seasonal Workers Face The Same Workplace Hazards
Whether you are working full-time at a big box store or you are just there for the holiday rush, you will have to deal with the same issues: stressed out shoppers, big crowds and safety hazards. Some common hazards that retail and other seasonal workers deal with include:
- Slip and falls caused by liquid spills or unaddressed hazards
- Boxes falling off of shelves
- Car accidents while making deliveries
- Repetitive motion trauma, caused by doing constant data entry or using power tools
- Exposure to toxic chemicals, such as cleaning solutions
What To Do If You Are Hurt
When an on-the-job injury occurs, you should immediately seek medical attention. The next thing you should do is contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. An attorney can help you evaluate your options for pursuing the benefits you need for lost wages and medical bills. If your injuries from your seasonal work prevent you from also working a full-time job, you could be eligible for benefits for both wages.
You have enough on your mind to worry about this holiday season. Let an experienced attorney handle all of the complex issues involved with pursuing workers’ compensation. It will give you more time to focus on your health and family.