Each year, construction accidents are responsible for hundreds of deaths in America. If you have lost a loved one or a loved one has been hurt on the job due to an employer failing to take the necessary safety precautions, contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to determine if you and your family are entitled to compensation. Here are the leading causes of common construction accidents.
If you work in the construction industry, you may think that risky conditions are simply part of the job. However, employers are required to take certain precautions to keep their workers safe from slips and falls at work. More and more construction workers are hurt each year by falling from sites with unprotected sides and edges, wall openings, and floor holes. If you are exposed to a fall of six feet or more, your employer is obligated to install guardrails, safety nets, or personal fall arrest systems. Site managers should also cover all ground holes immediately, and must use specified fall prevention systems.
A scaffold has limited space, and when construction workers must use heavy equipment and lack proper fall protection systems, working on scaffolds can be life-threatening. Falls from improperly constructed scaffolds cause serious injuries and deaths every year. Your employer is responsible for providing proper guardrail systems and constructing scaffolds according to manufacturer instructions.
If a portable ladder is not safely and properly positioned, construction workers risk slipping from a ladder’s supports or losing their balance. Ladders should never hold more weight than they are designed to support, and your employer is responsible for inspecting ladders to ensure that there are no cracked or broken parts.
If you have been hurt at work, the law is on your side. Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo is dedicated to using all legal avenues to make sure our clients get the compensation they need and the compassion they deserve. To learn more about our affordable workers’ compensation and Social Security attorneys, visit us online or call our Pennsylvania office today at (888) 774-9695.
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Visit the Social Security Administration website to learn more about the evidentiary requirements to qualify for disability benefits.
To find contact information for state workers’ compensation officials, visit the Department of Labor website.
Pennsylvania workers are presumed to be employees for benefit and tax purposes under Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation law, and being exempt as an independent contractor can have serious consequences.
It is common to be denied on your initial application for Social Security disability benefits, but an experienced attorney may be able to help increase your chances of approval.
The workers’ compensation program will help cover your medical expenses and lost wages if you are unable to go back to work after sustaining a job injury or work-related illness. Almost every Pennsylvania worker is covered by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, and benefits are paid either by a private insurance company contracted through your employer or through the State Workers’ Insurance Fund. Continue reading to learn how your right to workers’ compensation benefits is affected by your classification.
Employee vs. Independent Contractor
Under Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation law, workers who perform services in exchange for pay are presumed to be employees for benefit and tax purposes. The law also provides for two conditions that must be present for a worker to be excluded from employee status and classified instead as an independent contractor. First, the individual has been and will continue to be free from control or direction over the performance of the services involved, both under his or her contract of service. The law also requires that, as to these services, the individual is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, profession, or business.
Effect of Employee Misclassification
In some cases, employers attempt to misclassify employees as independent contractors to cut costs. When you are classified as an independent contractor, employers can avoid issues such as payroll tax withholding and paying for benefits such as sick leave and vacation time. Employers also do not have to pay unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation insurance for independent contractors. This means that you will not be entitled to benefits if you are injured on the job.
Have you been injured in the workplace and denied workers’ compensation benefits? Contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo to schedule a free consultation. It is crucial to determine whether you were an independent contractor or employee, so call us today at (888) 774-9695 for more information.
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