Workers CompensationTechnology Changes the Face of Workers’ Compensation

June 1, 2015by Aaron Allison

Photo of documentSmartphones, apps, and on-demand services have grown ubiquitous in just the past five to ten years. Nearly half of all adults, globally, own a smartphone, and those numbers are growing. Out of smartphone technology has come an unexpected development: the rise of freelance, contract based work. Rapid growth of this kind of work has led many to question the future of insurance coverage, particularly workers’ compensation, for the large sector of the economy that may eventually rely on contract work for an income.

The answer to this question has not yet been settled. Many experts believe that contract workers will enjoy the benefits of setting their own schedule and making money whenever they want, but that it has to be weighed against the possibility of footing the bill for any injury that occurs while working. For their part, on-demand service companies like Lyft and Uber have repeatedly resisted litigation that might push them towards providing any kind of employee benefits to those who work for their company. Additionally, workers in the on-demand sector must also take into account that their car insurance may not cover them for accidents occurring while using the car for work.

Do I Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

If you were injured while doing contract work, you may be wondering if you have any legal options. The truth is, you may not be able to obtain workers’ compensation under current laws for independent contractors, but your situation could qualify for a civil suit if the company you worked for acted negligently. To learn more about the possibility of taking legal action for being hurt during contract work, connect with us through Facebook or Twitter, and read about similar issues in our blog.

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Aaron Allison, a second-generation personal injury lawyer from Austin, follows in the footsteps of his father, who founded their firm in 1978. Admitted to practice by the Texas Supreme Court, the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron brings extensive legal expertise to his clients.

Specializing in personal injury cases, Aaron offers a distinct advantage for Texas workers injured on the job. With Texas workers' compensation laws leading many attorneys to avoid these cases, Aaron is one of only 40 lawyers among 95,000 in Texas who represent injured workers in straight workers' compensation cases. His firm continues to provide dedicated support for those suffering catastrophic work injuries, maintaining a proud tradition of advocacy spanning decades.