Virginia Work Injury Lawyer for Carpenters in Richmond, Newport News, Fairfax, and Virginia Beach
When a carpenter is hurt on the job in Virginia, his or her injury is usually covered under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. Under the Act employers are responsible for the payment of wage loss benefits, medical care, and permanent partial disability benefits to the injured worker. Sometimes the injured carpenter may negotiate a workers compensation settlement with the insurance company to resolve his or her claim.
Carpenters construct and repair building structures and frameworks. They may build door frames, rafters, bridge supports, and stairways made from wood or other materials. In homes they install siding, drywall, and kitchen cabinets.
Because carpenters play an important role in construction – from building homes to building bridges – they face a number of workplace hazards. The work is tough – and carpenters have a higher rate of injuries and illness when compared to the national average.
Corey Pollard, voted one of the best workers compensation attorneys in Virginia, handles cases involving carpenters – both union members non-union members. Call or e-mail us today if you or a loved one is a carpenter who has suffered a serious work-related injury or has been diagnosed with an occupational illness. We can help.
Common Sources of Carpenters’ Injuries
Here are some of the job tasks that often cause carpenters to suffer an injury at work:
- Repetitive motion
- Awkward reaching, twisting, and bending
- Working at heights or in confined spaces
- Using power tools such as saws that cause lacerations and fractures
- Using tools that vibrate excessively and cause injury.
- Trip and falls on construction debris
The Carpenter as an Independent Contractor – A Common Defense
In most workers compensation cases involving construction accidents, including carpenter injuries, the employer and insurance company will claim that you are an independent contractor. You don’t have to take the employer’s word for it. And even a prior agreement that you would call yourself an independent contractor is not binding. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission uses a legal test to determine if you are an employee or independent contractor.
Make sure you call an attorney if the employer alleges that yo were an independent contractor at the time of the accident. With skilled representation you can win this argument and get your workers comp benefits!
We Also Represent members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (UBC)
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, founded in Chicago in 1881 by Peter J. McGuire, is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. It represents building trade members in Virginia and across the country. Many of its members work in the construction and wood industries. They include:
- Floor coverers
- Pile drivers
We proudly represent members of UBC Local 197 (Alexandria), UBC Local 205 (Richmond), UBC Local 319 (roanoke), UBC Local 388 (Richmond), and UBC Local 613 (Norfolk). Call or e-mail us for a free consultation.