One of the most serious issues facing North Carolina's workers' compensation system today is the independent contractor problem. Under North Carolina law (and this is also the case across the country), so-called independent contractors are not covered by workers' compensation.
This means that if you're an independent contractor and get hurt on the job, you will not be able to receive benefits. You'll be facing the medical expenses and other bills all by yourself.
The problem is that many full-time employees are categorized as independent contractors for the sole purpose of ensuring that they are not covered by workers' comp. You do the same work as a traditional employee, put in the same hours, but corporate machinations prevent you from receiving the same coverage.
Fortunately, you don't have to take that designation lying down. If you've been hurt on the job and your employer tries to deny you coverage based on the independent contractor label, our Raleigh workers’ comp lawyers can help. Where appropriate, we can contest that designation and demonstrate that you meet all the legal requirements of a full-time employee, or assist you in filing a personal injury claim against those responsible for your accident. Both of these options will be discussed in detail during your free consultation.
If you want to speak to our lawyers about pursuing your North Carolina workers' comp claim, please call White & Stradley, PLLC today at 919-863-9397 for a free consultation. Located in Raleigh, we serve Charlotte, Greenville, and all surrounding NC communities.