Can Independent Contractors Claim Workers' Comp Benefits?

If you are an independent contractor who has been injured while doing your job, you may be wondering about your eligibility to claim workers' compensation benefits from the company to which you are providing your services. Schafer and Schafer, LLP is a highly-respected, workers' compensation law firm that takes pride in the fact that we have had two of our esteemed attorneys selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ Edition of 2013.

Our firm garnered such recognition during our first few years in the field of workers' compensation law that we were asked to take over the legal practice of another, much larger workers' compensation firm. We have continued our expansion and been a driving force in helping countless individuals recover the financial compensation and benefits they were rightfully owed. Our attorneys have a broad understanding of workers' compensation laws and we are here to help individuals like you understand the different benefits available through workers' comp.

Independent contractors are not exclusive to one particular company, so there is no way to cover them under a company's workers' compensation insurance policy. The only individuals eligible to file a claim for workers' comp benefits from their employer who are those who work for a single company and are directed by that company on how and when they are to perform their assigned tasks. In many cases employers will attempt to classify employees as "independent contractors" as a way for the company to avoid paying employment taxes and fulfilling other legal requirements.

When you contact a Stamford workers' compensation attorney from our firm, we will be able to quickly assess your employment situation and advise you as to whether you have been correctly labeled as an independent contractor, or if you are actually an employee. If you are an employee in the eyes of the law, we will work with you closely to obtain the correct classification so that you can file a claim for benefits under your employer's workers' comp policy.

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