Workers Compensation: Your Safety Net

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Workers Compensation: Your Safety Net

You put your heart and soul into your job, so it seems only fair that you should be protected from harm while you’re there. Most good employers do go out of their way to provide safety training and equipment to keep their workers safe and protected from any hazards. Federal agencies, like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also have standards in place for employers to follow to keep their workers safe. However, sometimes accidents happen anyway, and when they do, workers compensation is meant to be your safety net. Most of the time, if you follow your company’s procedures for filing a workers compensation claim, you’ll be paid with no trouble. However, I know from experience that it isn’t always that easy. I started this blog to help you learn what to do when your company or their insurance company denies your workers compensation claim.

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Why Construction Company Owners Should Work With Construction Attorneys

If you manage your own construction company, then it's important to take into account the legal aspects of running this type of business. You can take some of this pressure off your shoulders by working with a construction attorney, who can help in many impactful ways. 

Create Legally Binding Contracts

On any construction project, there are a lot of vendors that get involved. These may include foundation specialists, architects, electricians, and plumbers. To keep track of who is doing what, contracts need to be drafted out. This will be a lot easier to do when you work with a construction lawyer. 

They'll make legally binding contracts with all parties involved in this construction build. The contracts will indicate what's to be done, when the work should be completed, and how much the vendor is to be paid. Having these contracts drawn up can protect your construction company should a vendor not fulfill their end of the bargain. 

Handle Contract Disputes

Even though contracts are created for vendors and construction companies, issues could always arise. Dealing with them yourself is mentally and physically draining. That's where a construction attorney can help.

Your attorney will handle any disputes with any particular party, whether it's with your employees or skilled laborers you hired out of your company's network. These disputes will be handled in a civil manner so that you don't have to worry as much about a drawn-out legal battle in court.

Defend Against False Worker's Compensation Claims

Every now and then, you get workers on the construction site who try to game the system and claim they got injured on the job when they really didn't. You need help from a construction lawyer when dealing with this sort of false worker's compensation claims.

This attorney will show the employee's injury claims are false by collecting tangible evidence. For example, they can track down witnesses who can deny the false allegations, or they can see if any medical reports were filled. If they weren't and the employee has no way to substantiate their injury reports, then your construction company's insurance isn't obligated to pay a dime. 

There are a lot of legal issues you may have to deal with while owning a construction company. Fortunately, construction attorneys are standing by to assist in a lot of impactful ways. Working with them on a regular basis will save your construction company a lot of legal headaches in the future.