It was my first job and I was 15 &5 months old here in Reno Nevada. I was a cashier and was asked to go and make French fries. Which the hot tray coming out of the oil slid to the side and burnt my arm bad. I told my manager right away and I was just told to put a tomato slice on it and go on a break. I remember how it all happened but I was so little I didn't know this was going to leave me a long time scar & it upsets me that I was just told to put a slice of tomato and now realized why should 15 year holds be near the frying oil. Do I have a case?
Did they have workers compensation? Call a personal injury or workers compensation lawyer in the state where it happened. You should do this today! The applicable statute of limitations will impose deadline after the incident to file a negligence lawsuit, but that may be "tolled" or suspended as you were a minor. If the company had workers comp, you might not be able to file a lawsuit without first exhausting administrative remedies (workers comp), for which other deadlines may apply. Call a Nevada lawyer today. The call and an office consult should be free.
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As a general rule you can not sue your employer. This is different than a workers comp claim.
Please consult with a local attorney about a potential comp claim.
It may also be worth mentioning any details about the equipment itself in the slight chance there was a design defect which contributed to your injury.
I agree that the statute of limitations for bringing a lawsuit might be "tolled" during your minority (i.e., until you reach the age of majority). Most states have such tolling, probably including Nevada. However, in almost every state the sole remedy an employee (or former employee) has against his or her employer for injury sustained at work is worker's compensation. Unless you fall within one of the narrow exceptions, it is most likely you are precluded from pursuing a civil lawsuit. But you might have a worker's compensation claim. Definitely consult a lawyer in your state to discuss your case.
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