Under Georgia's workers compensation laws employees of a business are covered by workers' compensation insurance, while independent contractors are not. Independent contractors have been traditionally limited to construction. With a general contractor overseeing a job and then hiring specialized sub or independent contractors to perform certain work, such as plumbing, electrical, roofing, etc. But as the "gig economy" (Uber, Doordash, etc.) continues to grow, this distinction can become critically important in the event you are injured in a work accident.
Sometimes, it’s unclear whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. Here are some questions to help determine whether someone is considered an employee or independent contractor after a work injury in Georgia:
As you can see, determining whether a worker is an independent contractor an employee resides in a legal gray area. There are many facts that go into determining whether a worker is classified as an employee or independent contractor, which is why it is important to hire an experienced Georgia workers' compensation lawyer to help you win your case.
If you have suffered an injury a work give the our lawyers a call today for free consultation at 770-214-2500.