A rite of passage for many teens in the Dallas and Fort Worth area is to get a part-time job to earn money and gain independence. Unfortunately, these jobs can be not only low-paying but also dangerous. To complicate matters, many of the companies teens work for in Texas—such as Target, Home Depot, and McDonald’s—are non-subscriber employers that have opted out of providing workers’ compensation benefits. If your child works for a non-subscriber employer, our experienced workplace injury attorney can help him fight for the compensation he may deserve from his employer if he is injured on the job.
What Are the Causes of Teen Workplace Injuries?
If you are a parent of a working teen, you need to be aware of the dangers of serious injuries or death he faces when working for a non-subscriber employer. Here are some of the common causes of teenager workplace injuries:
- Safety hazards. Safety hazards that can cause injuries include sharp knives, deep fryers, slippery floors, and heavy objects. These dangers can lead to teens suffering serious cuts, amputations, burns, brain, back, and neck injuries, and soft tissue injuries caused by lifting heavy objects and boxes.
- Health hazards. Teens can be exposed to disinfectants, solvents, paints, pesticides, and other harmful chemicals and hazardous materials that can cause them to suffer respiratory illnesses or other long-term conditions. Because they often do manual labor, teens can be exposed to extreme heat in the summer and extreme cold in the winter and illness by overexposure to these conditions.
- Repetitive movements. Many of the jobs that teens perform, such as cashier, fast food preparer, and office work, involve repetitive movements that can lead to repetitive stress injuries, like carpel tunnel syndrome or trigger finger.
- Violence. When teens work at gas stations, convenience stores, fast food restaurants, and other commercial businesses, they could be the victim of workplace violence if someone robs the business.
Take These Actions If Your Teenager Suffers a Workplace Injury
While your teen may be able to navigate a first or second job, he is not equipped to file a claim for compensation for his injuries with his non-subscriber employer without your assistance. How can you best help him? You need to retain an experienced non-subscriber workplace injury attorney to file his claim and negotiate his settlement for him.
At the Hart Law Firm, P.C., our experienced legal team has helped many employees who work for non-subscriber employers. To learn how we can help your child, contact us online or call us directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.
We help injured victims throughout Texas including Arlington, North Richland, Grapevine, Bedford, Hurst, Euless, Irving and all points in between.