Professional carpenters are hired for a range of construction projects, often serving as independent contractors. Carpenters typically share the worksite with other teams of contractors. When a carpenter is injured on the job due to another party’s negligence, it is necessary to pursue any form of compensation available. As an independent contractor is not covered by the employer’s workers’ comp insurance, other avenues to recover compensation must be pursued. The options that can lead to financial relief include:
- The carpenter was misclassified as an independent contractor and was legally an employee.
- A third party acted in a negligent manner, which led to an accident causing injuries.
- You are protected by your own workers’ compensation insurance.
Carpenters have the task of installing a wide range of building features, including building and installing all types of structures, with a variety of materials, including wood, concrete, steel, and others. This job requires exceptional skills, including the ability to read and understand blueprints and plans and install building features correctly, such as windows, molding, framing, walls, floors, doors, and frames, and many other elements in residential and commercial properties.
The work they perform every day can lead to several types of common injuries, including:
- Cuts, abrasions, lost or severely damaged fingers
- Eye damage due to defective eye protection
- Stress-related injuries from bending, lifting, carrying or working in odd positions
- Head injuries from falling tools or equipment
- Accidental amputations of hand or fingers
- Lacerations damaging skin, muscles, nerves
- Puncture wounds from fastenings such as nails, screws, tools
The types of accidents that can cause serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries include:
- Falls from an elevation
- Trip and slip and fall over debris, tools, or equipment
- Ladder and scaffold falls
- Falling tools, equipment on the jobsite
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Nail gun accidents
- Faulty equipment accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Stairwell accidents, falls
If you were injured while working carpentry, the details of what occurred must be evaluated, along with issues related to workers’ compensation insurance coverage. For independent contractors injured on the job, if it can be established that another party acted in a negligent manner, creating dangerous conditions that led to your injury, a third party lawsuit can be filed to pursue compensation for damages.
If you are covered by workers’ comp insurance, and your injuries have occurred over time due to repetitive motions, bending, lifting, or carrying heavy materials, evidence must be gathered to present to the agency, as claims regarding cumulative injuries are frequently denied.
When you are represented by a workers’ comp lawyer from Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, your case will be in the hands of a law firm with an extensive history of success in workers’ compensation cases, including filing the initial claim, filing appeals, and filing third party lawsuits against any other party that acted in a negligent manner, leading to your injuries.
Law firms vary widely in how they manage these cases. At our firm, we take a professional approach, and operate with a philosophy that it best serves our clients to thoroughly prepare every case for the crucible of the courtroom. Our meticulous preparation of all relevant facts and complete knowledge of applicable law has made us a leader in the field of New York workers’ compensation law. We have access to doctors and other professionals to serve as expert witnesses when necessary.
Call us today at (212) 986-7353 for a free case consultation – we are passionate about protecting the rights of injured carpenters in New York.