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Who Is Liable for an Injury While Working as a Camp Counselor?

  • Published: August 5, 2023

Being a camp counselor is usually a seasonal or part-time position. However, just because the job is not full-time does not mean that on-the-job injuries can’t be compensated. Unfortunately, many seasonal employees do not pursue the compensation they deserve following these accidents because they think they are not entitled to the same benefits as full-time workers or do not know who to hold accountable for their injuries in case of a work-related accident.

If you suffered harm as a camp counselor, you may have options, including pursuing workers’ compensation benefits, even if you are a seasonal or part-time worker. More importantly, you do not have to take on this fight alone. When you work with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney, these legal professionals can fight for the justice and money you deserve while you focus on more important things, such as your health and getting better.

Who Is Liable for an Accident and the Injuries Sustained When You Work as a Camp Counselor? 

If you suffered injuries while working as a camp counselor, there may be various parties that can be held accountable for the accident, including:

  • The camp
  • The supervisors or managers
  • Other employees
  • Contractors or other companies providing services to the camp
  • Product manufacturers

Yet, to figure out who was responsible for your accident, it is first necessary to determine who owed you a duty of care. For instance, in many work-related accidents, the injured employee may have a legal claim based on an employer failing to take certain steps required to keep an employee safe. Depending on the specifics, there may also be laws that indicate that if the employer is responsible, the injured worker has to go through workers’ compensation to get the benefits they deserve. However, to understand your legal options following an accident at camp, consider discussing the incident with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can help you figure out the actions you should take and assist you in fighting for maximum compensation. 

General Information About Workers’ Compensation Benefits 

Workers’ compensation offers lost income, rehabilitation expenses, and medical costs to employees who have become injured or become ill in the scope and course of their jobs. Workers’ compensation can also provide death benefits to loved ones of employees who were killed while working. However, in return for these benefits, the employee cannot take further legal action against their employer or other employees responsible for the accident.

In California, workers’ compensation applies to all employees in the state, including those temporary and seasonal employees, such as camp counselors. Consequently, if you suffered an injury due to a job-related accident at work, you may be able to pursue benefits for your harm and losses. The laws also indicate that even if you work part-time, you can still obtain workers’ compensation benefits. In general, the only type of worker that is barred from pursuing these benefits is an independent contractor. This is usually because these workers are considered not to be under the direct control of the company. 

Steps to Take Following an Accident at Work

If you suffered harm while working and want to pursue compensation, you must first take steps to help ensure you get the benefits and money you need. These steps include the following:

  • Report the accident to your supervisor or employer immediately. Reporting these injuries or illnesses promptly can help prevent delays in receiving benefits. Plus, if your employer does not learn of your injury within a certain amount of time, this can affect your eligibility for workers’ compensation. 
  • Get medical treatment if required. However, verify with your employer if you need to go to a specific healthcare provider. Once at the appointment, make sure to tell the physician who is treating you that your injury or illness is due to a job-related incident. 
  • Prepare specific types of forms and give them to your employer. Your employer will need to provide you with these forms and mail them after learning about your injury or illness. Your employer will also have a specific amount of time to submit these claims.

However, to better understand how these steps apply to your situation, consider discussing the accident with a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer. These attorneys can review the facts of your accident, help you understand the legal actions you can take, and assist you through this complex process of fighting for your rights and going after the money you need. 

Contact an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today and Learn What Legal Options You Have Following an Accident as a Camp Counselor

If you were injured as a camp counselor and want to know more about who is liable for your harm, do not wait to get the legal help you need. KCNS Law Group is a boutique law firm that specializes in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation. With over 40 years of combined experience, our legal team knows what it takes to fight for your rights and go after the justice and damage you deserve. Our attorneys have dedicated their careers to advocating for our clients and providing them with a client-based approach focused on our commitment to giving every individual the representation they deserve, tailored to their specific needs.

Arrange a free consultation with our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers at KCNS Law Group today by calling (818) 937-9255 or filling out our contact form.

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