Our lawyers at Nunez & Associates Law Firm know exactly what you’re entitled to, how the law works and how to negotiate a claim when the time comes. We’ll work diligently on your behalf to make sure the workers compensation system works for you, not them – just like it’s supposed to.
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Workers compensation benefits were designed with you, the employee, in mind. Unfortunately, insurance companies and industry groups have worked hard to twist the laws in their favor. Now, something as essential as filing the initial claim can be confusing and intimidating, leaving you to wonder if you’re ever going to get the benefits you deserve.
Consult with our lawyers specialized in workers’ compensation & injury claims.
We’ll help you navigate the process to ensure you receive the appropriate compensation for your work-related injury.
Benefits & Entitlements of Injured Workers
From minor mishaps to life threatening wounds, employees who suffer injuries on the job may be entitled to certain benefits, which vary depending on your situation. Workman’s Comp is a no-fault system, which means you do not have to prove fault by your employer to collect benefits.
As of January 2016, Arizona law specifies that those benefits may include:
- Medical expenses
- 100% of your reasonable and necessary expenses without time constrictions
- Temporary total disability
- Permanent total disability
- Permanent partial disability
- Death benefits
- And others
For injured workers whose employers are not insured, the state provides a special fund from which you can claim benefits. You may also have the option of filing a lawsuit against your employer in civil court.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
If you’re been injured on the job, have symptoms from a repetitive injury that worsen, or you’re diagnosed with an occupational illness, you should notify your employer as soon as possible. By law, you have one year from the date of your injury to file your claim. BUT, insurance carriers are looking for any sign that your claim may be fraudulent or misleading and delays in notifying your employer are usually a big red flag. They may even hurt your chances of a successful claim.
Initiating the workers comp claim process in Arizona begins with notifying your employer. Provide as much detail about your injury or illness as possible, including witnesses, if you have them, the date and time of the incident and specific details about how it occurred. Your employer is then required to notify the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) of the injury, as well as its insurer.
Injured workers who hire an attorney receive an average of two times more money for their claim than those who try to go it alone, according to a 2008 study by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Let our Attorneys at Nunez & Associates Help You
We understand that the workman’s comp system has its faults and failures which is why we work so diligently to know the laws and fight to make them work for employees just like you.
If you’ve been injured on the job or your workplace, we can help you file your claim, determine what benefits you’re entitled to, calculate the compensation you should receive, find you the most qualified doctors and help you move on with your life.
Want to know exactly what you’re entitled to? Then schedule a free initial consultation with our lawyers who are experienced in Workers’ Compensation Claims. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain! Our office is based in Phoenix, AZ.