Generally, workers comp is for employees, not independent contractors. However, particularly in the construction industry, the lines between independent contractor and employee can be blurred. If a construction worker is injured onsite, they should speak to an attorney to see what their options for workers comp or other relief may be. In this video, firm founder Gene Riddle discusses how his offices can assist independent contractors in construction to review their options.
Independent contractors are held to a different standard under our law of liability as opposed to the employer in a workers’ compensation case. Yes at the end of the day they’re all liable, but an independent contractor is not necessarily covered for workers’ compensation. An employee is covered for workers’ compensation. So if you’re an independent contractor and you’re hurt on the construction site, you may not be covered by workers’ compensation. If you’re the independent contractor who caused the accident, you can see how difficult it would be to find that independent contractor, if the contractor is not giving you the information on the independence and the subs. Very complicated situation. We explain it to some degree on our website and we encourage you to go to our website and read about it. Please give us a call or send us an email. We’re here, we’re ready to help. Justice counts.