Independent contract work is a popular choice for those who enjoy the freedom of working with various clients instead of a single employer. In some cases, you might have even settled into a position with a specific client for some time. Unfortunately, something went wrong on the job, and now you’re hurt.
The classification of workers as employees or independent contractors is important because it can affect your eligibility for Iowa workers compensation benefits. But you might have a chance to seek compensation for your injuries and get the work comp benefits you need if your employer has improperly classified you as an independent contractor.
The bottom line is this: If you’ve been injured on the job, you deserve work comp benefits to help you recover. A qualified lawyer can help you understand whether you’re eligible.
Differences Between Employees and Independent Contractors
It can be tough to determine who exactly is a full employee and who is an independent contractor. When you’re injured, however, that distinction can determine whether you get the benefits you need.
A true independent contractor is someone who:
- Is not an employee
- Has control over the work done
- Can be discharged at will and without cause
In some cases, while you may be listed as an independent contractor, the work you do for the company may differ from independent work. Examine the type of work and amount of control you have over that work to determine whether you’re a full employee or should be considered one.
Improper Classification and Your Work Comp Claim
Independent workers generally don’t have a right to workers compensation in Iowa. But if you’ve been misclassified by your employer, you deserve compensation for an on-the-job injury.
If you’ve been classified as an independent contractor, but the work you’ve done is the work that an employee would do, the legal implications are serious. Improper employee classification can even lead to criminal charges for employers.
If you’re not sure whether you should be classified as an employee or independent contractor, you may need to speak to an attorney who can investigate your role in the company.
Because you’ll be unable to file for work comp benefits unless you’re an employee, it’s important to make sure you’ve been properly classified.
An Attorney Can Help with Your Workers Comp Case
Fortunately, you’re not alone in your fight for workers comp benefits. A denial of a workers compensation claim is serious, but what does it mean for your workers comp claim if your employer improperly classified you? An attorney can help you fight back against such misconduct and even advocate for your right to workers comp benefits.
Contact the Pothitakis Law Firm, PC. We can investigate your situation and help you fight back when you know you deserve work comp benefits. For help that starts with a free consultation and ends when you have the compensation you deserve, call 1-866-PLF-IOWA (753-4692) or complete the online contact form at the bottom of this page.