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Philadelphia Construction Site Injury Lawyers

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    Construction is one of the most dangerous fields of work, and workers are frequently hurt on the job. Depending on how you were hired and how your accident occurred, an attorney can help you file a Workers’ Compensation claim.

    Whether Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania covers construction workers is difficult to answer. Generally, independent contractors are not considered employees within the legal definition of the term and are ineligible for Workers’ Comp. However, not all construction workers are independent contractors. Your employer might misclassify you, and we can help you prove you are in fact an employee and should be covered by Workers’ Comp. Even if your boss is an independent contractor hired to work on a construction project, you might still be considered an employee. To begin a claim, immediately report your accident and injuries to your employer and contact an attorney.

    For a confidential case assessment at no cost to you, call our Certified Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Specialists at Cardamone Law at (267) 651-7945.

    Are Construction Workers Covered by Workers’ Compensation in Philadelphia?

    A major concern surrounding Workers’ Compensation claims for construction workers is whether these workers are even eligible for benefits. In many cases, the answer is no. Only people who are considered “employees” within the legal definition of the phrase may be eligible. While most workers are usually considered employees, independent contractors often are not.

    Even so, not all construction workers are independent contractors. Many construction workers are regular employees of large and small construction companies, or they are employees of contractors instead of being subcontractors. In such cases, Workers’ Comp may be available. Even if you are an independent contractor, your employer might choose to cover you anyway, or you might purchase your own Workers’ Compensation insurance. Our Certified Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Specialists can contact your employer and discuss your employment status to determine if you are indeed covered by Workers’ Compensation.ur Certified Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Specialists can contact your employer and discuss your employment status to determine if you are indeed covered by Workers’ Compensation.

    Workers’ Compensation benefits may cover medical bills and some of the income you lose while you cannot work. This kind of coverage is crucial for injured workers, especially those working in construction. Construction-related injuries are often severe, leading to huge medical bills that you might not be able to afford without Workers’ Comp benefits. Since construction work is inherently physical, and bodily injuries may seriously hinder your ability to earn a living, and benefits that make up a portion of lost income might be your only lifeline.

    Construction Workers as Employees or Independent Contractors in Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Cases

    As mentioned before, a major concern among injured construction workers filing Workers’ Compensation claims is determining whether they are employees or independent contractors.

    The misclassification of construction workers is a common problem in Workers’ Comp cases. Some injured workers believe they are employees but find out their boss has officially listed them as independent contractors, making them ineligible for benefits. In some cases, this is done on purpose to help employers save money on Workers’ Comp insurance.

    Employees

    The definition of employee is found under Art. I § 104 of the Workers’ Compensation Act. An employee includes a very broad spectrum of workers. The law describes employees as anyone in service to another for valuable consideration (i.e., payment). This is incredibly broad and might appear to include construction workers. However, certain people are excluded from this definition, including independent contractors.

    Your employer might have you listed in official work documents as an independent contractor, making it much harder, if not impossible, for you to claim Workers’ Compensation. However, your employer might treat you as if you are their employee, not an independent contractor. Just because you are described as an independent contractor on paper does not make you an independent contractor. How your employer treats you on the job is key in determining whether you are a covered employee.

    Independent Contractors

    An independent contractor must work according to two key factors. First, the contractor must be free from control over their work. The person hiring an independent contractor does not control things like when the contractor works, how they do the job, or any other aspects of the contractor’s business. While many of these factors are negotiated and included in contracts, the contractor has much more control over their work.

    Second, the contractor must regularly or customarily engage in an independently established business, trade, or profession. For example, a plumber who regularly works in plumbing and holds themselves out as a professional plumber for hire may be an independent contractor. A maintenance worker in an office building who takes care of many tasks, including minor plumbing issues, would likely be an employee.

    Which one are you? Do you run a business as an independent contractor for construction work, or were you hired for a construction company where you work as directed by an employer?

    Injured Construction Workers Who Are Employees of Independent Contractors in Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Cases

    Your boss might be an independent contractor, but you might not be. Perhaps you were hired as an employee for your boss’ construction business. Perhaps your boss is a master electrician, and he hired you and several others as assistant electricians for construction work. Under such conditions, you might still be an employee eligible for Workers’ Compensation rather than being considered a subcontractor.

    Under Art. II § 203 of the Workers’ Compensation Act, an employer who allows a worker to enter premises under their control to perform duties as part of the employer’s regular business is liable to the worker for injuries, and the worker may be covered by Workers’ Comp.

    Put another way, if an independent contractor (e.g., a plumber, electrician, drywaller) hires you to work for them on a construction site and you are injured, the independent contractor may be legally liable and must provide Workers’ Compensation.

    Beginning a Workers’ Compensation Claim for Injured Construction Workers in Philadelphia

    To begin a Workers’ Comp claim after being injured on a construction job, immediately report your injuries to your employer. Your employer is then responsible for informing the insurance company about your injuries and filing a claim if you cannot work.

    Next, hire an attorney as soon as possible. Many injured construction workers are surprised to learn their boss does not consider them employees and will not provide Workers’ Compensation benefits. An attorney can help you litigate the matter, prove you are an employee, and get the Workers’ Compensation benefits you deserve.

    Speak to Our Philadelphia Construction Site Injury Lawyers for Assistance Now

    For a confidential case assessment at no cost to you, call our Certified Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Specialists at Cardamone Law at (267) 651-7945.

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    Cardamone Law Has Negotiated Some of the Largest Workers’ Comp Settlements in Pennsylvania

    $6 Million
    We Assisted Another Firm in Reaching Settlement
    $2.2 Million
    Spinal Injury
    $897,000
    Lower Back Injury
    $650,000
    Lower Back Injury
    $550,000
    Neck Injury
    $425,000
    Leg Injury
    $375,000
    Knee Injury
    $325,000
    Ankle Injury
    $6 Million
    We Assisted Another Firm in Reaching Settlement
    $2.2 Million
    Spinal Injury
    $897,000
    Lower Back Injury
    $650,000
    Lower Back Injury
    $550,000
    Neck Injury
    $425,000
    Leg Injury
    $375,000
    Knee Injury
    $325,000
    Ankle Injury

    Client Testimonials

    "Thank you from the bottom of my heart Mike and Shirley!!"

    I called Shirley when I was scared and didn’t know what where my next dime was coming from after I was out with my work injury. Shirley was very kind and helpful guiding me every single step of the way. Mike was not your typical lawyer was not pushy but very responsive to all my gazillion questions. He helped me get my settlement quickly and settlement check in a very timely manner. Would recommend them to anyone! Mike helped calm all my fears and anxieties as I was trying to navigate one of the hardest and most stressful times in my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Mike and Shirley!!

    - Jen Thompson
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    "Tienes un equipo impresionante a pesar de ser una compañía pequeña, los resultados fueron excelentes!"

    Yo le daría 10 estrellas en vez de 5 , Michael Cardamone es una persona genuina y un gran abogado, al principio de mi caso, yo estaba en la oscuridad y no sabia que pasos tendría que seguir porque Workers comp ,solo me cubría en esos momentos los beneficios medicos .Después, me eliminaron el puesto , no sabia como manejar mi situación (estaba con una cirugía y también sin trabajo,) grasias a Mike, el me dirigió por el camino correcto, me dieron una muy buena cantidad por mi caso. El fue muy comprensivo porque le hice muchas preguntas por email y siempre me las contesto a tiempo, brindando seguridad ,sabia que estaba en las manos correctas! Shirley y Francisco también fueron de gran ayuda con los recordatorios y servicios de traducción en Español. tienes un equipo impresionante a pesar de ser una compañía pequeña, los resultados fueron excelentes! se los recomiendo a todos. Muchas grasias Cardamone law!

    - Marisol Rodriguez
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    "Best Law Firm around!"

    "Cardomone law is absolutely fantastic! They are very responsive and helpful and they will fight to get you what you deserve. Shirley is also very helpful whenever you have any questions! Best Law Firm around!"

    - C. Edwards
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    "Michael and Shirley are very dedicated...and getting the maximum amount favorable to my case"

    "Cardamone Law Firm were very helpful to me since day one. Michael and Shirley are very dedicated to my case giving me updates, answering my questions, being honest with my case, and getting the maximum amount favorable to my case. Thank you so much for your service and dedication and helping me to achieve not only your case but to guide and refer me in other needs too! You guys are the best law firm friendly and dedicated. I will recommend to anyone."

    - A. Ortiz
    Google Reviews
    "Michael won my workers comp case after my employer insurance denied my claim."

    "Exceptional firm. Highly recommend this law firm. Michael won my Workers Comp case after my employer insurance denied my claim. Him and his staff were always at my reach for legal and emotional support. Am so happy I hire them. Thanks Michael and Ms. Shirley."

    - Carlos P.
    Google Reviews
    "[They] did an excellent job in getting me financially compensated in a fairly short amount of time."

    "I recently had a work related injury and was receiving Workers' Compensation (medical benefits only). Soon after I was fired, so I contacted Paul Silver at Cardamone Law Firm who did an excellent job in getting me financially compensated in a fairly short amount of time. Paul and his assistant Shirley always responded to any questions I had about the case in a very short amount of time. Thank you for helping me with this difficult case."

    - Robin C.
    Google Reviews
    "Highly recommend."

    "Cardamone Law was great with helping my husband with his Workers Comp issues. Mike and Shirley were the best with letting us know what was going on every step of the way. Highly recommend."

    - Danielle P.
    Google Reviews
    "Mike Cardamone is amazing"

    "Mike Cardamone is amazing. He is "hands down" one of the best lawyers I've ever had the privilege of knowing. He is very kind, understanding, knowledgeable in his field, always very thorough and helpful. He was extremely professional and someone who truly cares about his clients. I felt completely at ease with him. He was a pleasure to work with, explained everything in detail, as well as answered all my questions with knowledge and care. If you want someone you can trust, who communicates every step of the way, will fight for you and make sure you win your case, he is it! I will refer all my family and friends to him. Thank you so much Mike, for everything. I appreciate all your hard work and dedication in helping me."

    - Allie M.
    Google Reviews
    Without a doubt YOU are the best!!!

    "Without a doubt YOU are the best!!! Every person who is in the horrible position of being injured at work should have someone as kind, compassionate and knowledgeable as you on their side. You never once made me feel like I was one of a hundred other clients. I always knew you had my back! You answered calls and emails at all hours. You fought every fight for me so I only had to worry about getting well. Behind your nice, calm face there’s a pit bull ready to take on any employer or judge. I can never thank you enough."

    - L. Edall
    Google Reviews
    "Best Workers' Comp Lawyer!"

    "Michael is simply the best! He was there for me from day 1 till the end, and we won the case!! He is always available to help. I had a gazillion questions and he would answer them one by one. He's a great lawyer and I feel lucky to have found him online from reading other outstanding reviews about him. Believe me, they're true!"

    - Faith B.
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    "Great Attorney"

    "Great attorney, handled case quickly and efficiently. I would recommend him and would use him again. He was always available to answer any questions we had. Thank you, Mr. Cardamone."

    - H. Anderson
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