A Foundation Of Legal Support For Builders
Carpenters are frequently engaged in some of the most essential and most hazardous work activities in the construction industry. Without the skilled work of carpenters, most buildings could not get off the ground. Materials such as stone, brick, concrete and stucco are typically installed after wood framing is in place.
Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo has more than 70 years of experience representing injured carpenters in Pennsylvania. If you suffered a serious injury in a saw accident on the job in a woodworking occupation, you owe it to yourself to work with a highly experienced and accomplished law firm. Part of our job when we represent injured carpenters often consists of proving that our clients were, in fact, employees — and should receive maximum available workers' compensation benefits.
Sources Of Carpenters' Injuries
Carpenters' workplace activities lend themselves to injury from time to time. Examples of carpenters' work duties that often lead to minor, serious or catastrophic injuries are:
- Use of vibrating power tools such as power saws and reciprocating saws
- Use of nail guns that can injure or kill just as surely as a "real gun" can
- Repetitive actions
- Work at heights or in awkward positions such as on one's back in a tight space
- Frequent reaching and twisting
When things go wrong, a carpenter work injury such as the following take their toll:
- Broken bones, spinal cord injuries and head injuries resulting from falls from heights
- Eye injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Injuries caused by excessive vibration
Fighting The Independent Contractor Defense
A common problem for workers seeking compensation after a carpentry injury comes about when employers claim that the carpenters are, in fact, independent contractors. Remember that just because your employer claims you are an independent contractor, rather than an employee, that does not necessarily make it so. Did your employer tell you where to go and when, and tell you how to perform the work you did? Legal tests examining factors such as these can determine when a construction worker is an independent contractor. Evaluation of answers to such questions can help clarify when a carpenter is an employee, who is eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation
If you're a carpenter with a work injury case, we want to hear your story. Our attorneys can provide you with the information you need to maximize pay out of benefits. Email us or call us at 877-794-2396 in Philadelphia to schedule a free consultation with a trusted workers' compensation lawyer at our firm.