A worker who sustained serious injury after falling from a scaffolding at a construction site has successfully won the right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits, following a protracted court battle.
At issue in Carbajal v. Precision Builders, Inc., before the Oklahoma Supreme Court, was whether the worker was in fact an employee of the firm from which he sought benefits, or whether he was an independent contractor.
Our scaffolding injury attorneys recognize this as an issue that arises with unfortunate frequency in construction accidents, primarily due to the nature of how construction work is structured. Contracting is a common way of doling out work on these job sites. However, it can lead to confusion when an injury occurs and a question arises of who is responsible for covering the claim.