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Am I owed money?
I took a side job waxing a boat. I am 19 years old and was paid 20 an hour
to wax a 50 foot boat. All money was under the table and no contracts were
signed. The work took place at a boat yard and all equipment was provided
by the boat owner who gave very clear instructions. The third day waxing I
forgot to put my hair up and it was caught in the rotor ripping it out leaving
me with a very large bald spot and medical bill around 1000. The accident
was my fault and I texted the boat owner saying it was a fluke accident and
that it wasn’t his fault at all. Does he owe me money for the accident.
Asked on August 17, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Connecticut
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 5 years ago | Contributor
You have answered your own question: "The accident was my fault." That means no, your employer does not owe you anything. Your employer is not your insurer: they do not pay you compensation whenever you are hurt at work. Rather, your employer only owes you compensation if they were at fault in causng your injury, which evidently, they were not.
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