Can I obtain workers’ compensation benefits if I’m a part-time employee?

Whether out of necessity or convenience, millions of Americans work part-time jobs. While the Fair Labor Standards Act does not specifically define part-time employment, it is generally considered a position in which an employee works less than 40 hours per week. Typically, part-time workers are not provided many of the same benefits as full-time workers, including healthcare benefits, paid time off, and retirement savings options. So, it’s natural that part-time employees may wonder where they stand when it comes to work injuries and workers’ compensation benefits.
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Myrtle Beach Part-Time Employees Can Obtain Work Injury Benefits

In South Carolina, all employers with four or more employers are required to provide workers’ compensation benefits to employees, including part-time employees. The only exception to this rule includes certain types of workers such as some railroad workers, agricultural workers, some realtors, and some temporary workers.
Benefits for part-time workers would be similar to those of full-time workers. Injured employees are typically able to obtain compensation for medical care, lost wages, and permanent impairment. However, each injury situation is unique, and the specific details of your employment and injury would dictate the benefits available.

Seeking Workers’ Compensation Benefits After an Injury

Part-time employees should follow the same steps as a full-time employee when seeking benefits after suffering an injury on the job. This includes:
 
Report the injury to the employer.
Seek medical care.
Follow the advice and direction of your medical provider.
Retain all records and receipts related to the injury.
Consider discussing your claim with an attorney to ensure your rights are protected.
 
Part-time workers have rights that can be protected. If you have suffered an injury in the course of your part-time job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. 

Have You Been Injured On The Job?

If you've been hurt at your job you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Conway, South Carolina office directly at 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

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