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Can teens get New York workers’ compensation benefits?

Injured teens can get workers' comp benefits.In New York, teens have the same rights to workers’ compensation as older workers. As a result, teens who are injured on the job or diagnosed with a work-related illness may be entitled to benefits if they meet the eligibility requirements.

These benefits may include reasonable and necessary medical treatment for the injury or illness, partial wage replacement payments (if more than seven days off are required to recover), and vocational rehabilitation or job placement services if the occupational injury or illness will prevent the teen from returning to their job.

In order to qualify for New York workers’ compensation benefits, the injury or exposure to illness must have occurred during the course and scope of the teen’s employment.

There are also strict deadlines for notifying an employer of a workplace accident and injury, and filing the workers’ comp claim. State law requires injured workers—regardless of age—to inform their employer of the incident in question within 30 days and file their claim within two years, or risk losing the right to seek benefits. Workers with occupational illnesses must file their workers’ compensation claim within two years of realizing that they contracted the disease because of their job.

Consult an Attorney About Your New York Workers’ Compensation Case

Were you or your teen injured on the job or diagnosed with an illness due to exposure in the workplace? The highly-experienced New York workers’ compensation attorneys at O’Connor Law PLLC can help you understand and protect your rights. We’ll investigate your claim and develop valuable evidence, negotiate with the insurer or their counsel, represent you in a workers’ comp hearing or trial, and advise you each and every step of the way.

Contact us to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. Don’t wait,  as the time to file your New York workers’ compensation claim is limited.


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