Workers' Compensation For Independent Contractors

The Independent Contractor Lie

Workers' compensation is available for individuals who suffer injuries while they are working. However, what legal protection is available for independent contractors who suffer injuries?

Many employers misclassify their employees as independent contractors in order to avoid paying them workers' compensation. Construction workers and truck drivers, for example, are often told that they are independent contractors, even though they are employees.

It is often possible to prove the truth and obtain workers' compensation benefits that are originally denied. Even in those surprisingly common cases in which employees are covered (usually at their employers' insistence) by nonworkers' compensation "occupational accident" policies, much more complete benefits can usually be obtained through the workers' compensation system.

Do Not Assume You Are An Independent Contractor Because Your Employer Told You So

If your employer told you that you are not eligible for workers' compensation benefits because you are an independent contractor, you should not simply accept that explanation. It's critical to work with a lawyer who has experience providing quality representation while handling complicated workers' compensation cases. When you contact the law office of Jay Gervasi, P.A., that is exactly what you will find.

Attorney Jay Gervasi is a Board-Certified Specialist in workers' compensation law by the North Carolina Bar. He understands the nuances of the law, remains up to date on case law that impacts his clients and helps ensure his clients' rights are protected at every step of the process. We have spent more than 25 years providing the personalized service families in Greensboro and throughout North Carolina need.

Helping Individuals And Their Families Receive The Compensation They Need

Some employers take a portion of each employee's paycheck to pay his or her workers' compensation premiums, which is generally illegal. However, after suffering an injury, those same employees are told they are independent contractors.

If your employer misrepresented your status, we can help you receive the compensation you need. Learn more about the service we provide by scheduling a free initial consultation. We can be reached through an online contact form or by calling 336-790-0157.