Workers’ Compensation Lawyer West Bend, WI
If you’ve been injured or made ill while working in the construction industry, connect with a worker’s compensation lawyer West Bend, WI construction workers trust. Speaking with the experienced Wisconsin legal team at Hickey & Turim S.C. will allow you to clarify your legal options and to make informed decisions about any options available to you at this time. The construction industry is notoriously dangerous. Unfortunately, as a result, our firm has worked with many construction industry professionals who have been injured on jobsites, hurt while performing work-related duties off-site, and developed occupational illnesses related to their work within the industry. Our team understands the workers’ compensation process as it relates to construction work inside and out. Please allow us to learn about your situation, advise you of your options, and help to advocate on your behalf according to whichever option(s) make sense for you and your situation at this time.
Can I File a Workers’ Comp Claim for a Construction Site Injury?
Whether or not you can file a workers’ compensation claim for a construction site injury largely depends upon your worker classification status. Meaning, it depends upon whether you are classified as an employee or as an independent contractor. If you’re properly classified as an independent contractor, you’re ineligible for workers’ compensation benefits but you may be able to file a personal injury action as an alternative path to secure any compensation to which you may be entitled. If you’re classified as an employee or you’re improperly classified as a contractor, you should be able to successfully file a workers’ compensation claim with our firm’s assistance. If you’re unsure of how you’re classified or whether you’re properly or improperly classified as an independent contractor, please reach out to our firm for assistance.
Please keep in mind that even though the workers’ compensation system is “no fault,” you won’t be able to secure a benefits award if you were drunk or high when you were injured, you started a fight that caused your injuries, or you hurt yourself on purpose.
Legal Assistance Is Available
Working within the construction industry is a risky business. However, you don’t have to assume these risks without availing yourself of protections and benefits afforded to you by law. Too often, construction workers view filing workers’ compensation claims as a failure to “tough it out.” There is absolutely nothing farther from the truth. You assume risks to benefit those who live in the houses you build, work in the offices you renovate, and play in the parks that you help to construct. The law protects your rights to request compensation in the wake of a work-related injury or illness for good reason. You serve society’s interests through your work. Society protects your right to avoid personal liability for medical costs and lost wages that stem from harm caused by work-related activities. It’s a give and take that shouldn’t result in shame. Don’t wait to explore your options and don’t hesitate to schedule a free, risk-free, and consultation with our firm. Any member of our West Bend, WI workers’ compensation lawyer team would be honored to represent your interests moving forward; we look forward to speaking with you.