If you work in the construction industry, you will be exposed to high levels of risk every day. These risks include dangerous machinery, working on potentiality dangerous structures, and falling objects. As a construction worker, you will be relieved to know that, in most situations, you will be able to financially mitigate these risks through workers’ compensation.
It is important that you understand your legal rights if you have been involved in an accident when working in the construction industry. Even if your employer tries to tell you that you do not have a claim, they may be mistaken. The following are some employee rights that you should be aware of.
Only employees have the right to workers’ compensation
In order to claim what you deserve in a workers’ compensation claim, you must be an employee with a company rather than a contractor. Because of this technicality, many workers are wrongfully labeled as contractors, and, therefore, their employers try to argue that they are not entitled to make a claim. If you believe that you have been wrongfully labeled as a contractor, you should make sure to fight this so that you can claim the workers’ compensation that you deserve.
All necessary and reasonable medical expenses should be covered
Upon successfully claiming workers’ compensation, you should make sure that you have all of the reasonable and necessary medical expenses covered. If you require surgery, for example, this will be covered. You may also require physiotherapy, or even counseling to help you process what may have been a traumatic event. If you believe that such treatments are reasonable, you should make sure that these are covered by workers’ compensation, too.
You have the right to be supported in learning new skills
The construction industry requires certain physical capabilities in its workers for most roles. If you become disabled as a result of your injury, you may not be able to return to work. Workers’ compensation programs should help you to rehabilitate and learn new skills so that you can earn an income in the future.
If you want to get the workers’ compensation that you deserve as a construction worker in North Carolina, it is important that you understand what you are entitled to.