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With the spring semester well underway, college students throughout South Florida are busy lining up their summer internships. carpentrystudent

While internships can be extremely valuable to one’s fledgling career, those new to their respective professions may be at higher risk for injuries.The question of injury compensation in these instances can be a complex one, and it will depend heavily on how the worker is classified within the company.

Florida workers’ compensation laws, for example, do not use the term, “intern.” Student workers might be classified as “trainees” or “volunteers,” especially if they aren’t paid. In those cases, it may be possible to file a lawsuit directly against the company that offered the internship for negligence. However, if the internship is paid and the worker is considered an “employee,” he or she may instead be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits – just like any other employee. There may be some instances in which third-party litigation is appropriate.

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