Many Americans make take farm workers for granted. When we go to the grocery store, most of us don't consider how much hard work went into providing us with our meat, produce, dairy, and other agricultural products. Each day, these laborers face a variety of occupational hazards, including the use of heavy machinery, toxic chemicals, and repetitive motions.
Unfortunately, many farm workers do not qualify for the same Workers' Compensation benefits as employees in nearly every other industry. Pennsylvania has specific rules in place which determine if an agricultural worker is eligible for compensation. At Monheit Law, we're proud to help these workers navigate the complex process of earning compensation for a work injury.
Are Farm Workers Eligible For Workers' Comp?
The majority of states provide no protection for injured agricultural workers. Pennsylvania is one of the few states that does offer Workers' Compensation for these workers, but only under certain circumstances. In order to qualify, your employer must pay at least one farm worker $1,200 or more in one year and employ one farm worker for 30 days or more in a calendar year.
Workers who meet these requirements should absolutely file a Workers' Comp claim. But many farmers make use of day laborers who receive payments under the table, instead of hiring a staff. In these situations, there may be other ways to receive fair compensation after a work injury.
Injured agricultural workers should consider meeting with an experienced work injury lawyer to discuss their options.