In most cases, business owners are not responsible for compensating injured contractors. However, exceptions apply for certain types of jobs and contract work that meets specific standards. Applicable factors include:
Laws specific to New South Wales
Even if a contractor fails to meet any of these criteria, they may still be entitled to workers compensation in some circumstances. The rules such situations vary wildly from state to state and generally apply to specific industries. In New South Wales, for example, contractors who work as salespersons, canvassers or rural workers are eligible for workers compensation. Those involved in almost every part of the prizefighting or mixed martial arts industries, such as wrestlers, boxers and referees, are also (almost always) eligible for compensation due to the inherent danger of those jobs.
Whether or not a contractor is eligible to file for workers compensation, they can always file a lawsuit if they’ve been unduly exposed to a working environment that is illegal or unsafe.
The very best in workers compensation law
If you are unsure if you have a workers compensation case, call the team at Gerard Malouf and Partners. We offer free on-the-phone and face-to-face consultations and generally work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. We recognise the importance of securing compensation for you and your family and have decades of experience taking on insurance companies and winning.