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Can Seasonal Employees Collect Workers’ Compensation?

It’s that time of year when local businesses start to bring on temporary employees to meet the demands of the holiday season. While full-time employees may be familiar with the options available to them should they ever get injured while on the clock, seasonal employees may be a bit fuzzy on what’s available to them. Are you able to collect workers’ compensation if you’re not a permanent employee? Find out the answer below. 

What is Workers’ Compensation? 

The workers’ compensation system in New York is designed to help employees get by as they recover from their work-related injury and/or illness. As such, workers’ compensation will help cover about ⅔ of your medical costs and lost wages. 

Who is Eligible to Collect Workers’ Compensation in New York?

In New York, virtually all for-profit employers must provide workers’ compensation coverage to their staff members, including:

  • Leased employees
  • Borrowed employees
  • Part-time employees
  • Volunteers
  • And family members

A leased employee is someone who receives a paycheck from one company while performing tasks for another. A common example of this would be any employee who is working at a company through a staffing agency. A borrowed employee, on the other hand, is one that is given permission from his or her employer to perform services at a different employer, however this may only be done if both companies have workers’ compensation coverage. 

Typically speaking, employers who hire seasonal workers will likely obtain workers’ compensation coverage for their employees, even if they are employed for a short period of time. In many cases, an employer will provide workers’ compensation coverage even if the temporary employee is already covered through a staffing agency’s policy, however it is not required if the temporary workers are employed by a temporary agency. 

If you believe you were wrongfully denied workers’ compensation benefits and need help filing an appeal, contact the seasoned workers’ comp lawyers at Proner & Proner for a consultation. Our firm has decades of experience handling the most complex workers’ compensation claims. 

Contact A New York City Workers’ Compensation Lawyer To Discuss Your New York Workplace Injury Case

A work-related injury can be devastating, particularly if it prevents you from returning to work for an extended period of time. Although New York workers’ compensation laws are supposed to provide you with reimbursement for medical expenses and replacement pay for missed time at work, it is not always easy to get the workers’ comp benefits you deserve. That is why you should speak with a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer about your situation and get guidance throughout the claims process. Proner & Proner represents clients in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and all across New York. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation about your work injury case. Our main office is located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503 in New York, NY 10165, and we also have offices in Queens, Brooklyn, Bethel, and the Bronx.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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