Our Attorneys 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.
We’ll help you navigate the process to ensure you receive the appropriate compensation for your work-related injuries or accidents. Our lawyers can:
- Ease your navigation of the system,
- Help you make sense of the process,
- Alleviate the chances of your claim being denied, and
- Protect you from employers and insurance companies trying to get the upper hand.
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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.
Schedule a free initial consultation with our Work Injury Attorneys. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain! Our office is based in Phoenix, AZ.
Employees who are unsure of their classification as “contractor” or “employee” should contact us immediately. We’ll help you determine your employment status so that your workers’ compensation claim can be filed correctly.If the ‘right to control’ test and other factors establish that you’re an employee, we’ll help you to secure the workers’ compensation benefits provided under the employer. If the test determines that you are a contractor, we can counsel you on other options so you can get the help and coverage you need. Either way, without the correct classification, you’re at risk of being denied benefits altogether. If you’ve been injured on the job and need to clarify your employment status, contact our experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys today before you file any claims.
Experiencing an injury early on in employment can often make new workers hesitant to file a workers’ compensation claim. Sometimes, workers don’t understand their rights; other times, they’re fearful of backlash from their brand new employer. While these fears are understandable, they can also easily be overcome with the right guidance and counsel.Workers who are injured on the job or because of an illness or condition caused by a job-related task may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. This applies regardless if the employee was injured within the first five minutes of being on a new job, so long as the injury occurred in the course and scope of the injured worker’s employment. If you or a loved one has experienced an on-the-job injury, within months or even moments of beginning a new job, contact us today. We know your rights and we’re not afraid to fight for them.
Overview of Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Arizona
All employers in Arizona are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for any work-related injuries to employees.
Injured workers who hire an attorney receive an average of two times more money for their claim than those who try to do it alone, according to a 2008 study by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
If you were injured on the job or in the course and scope of your job, you must report your injury as soon as possible to your employer so that the workers’ compensation insurer can be notified.
Provide as much detail about your injury or illness, 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.
Seek immediate medical attention and be sure to indicate to the physician that it was work-related. Inform your physician of all your symptoms and attend all medical appointments and treatments. Cooperate fully with a claims investigator and insurance adjuster regarding the circumstances of your accident.
Types of Work-related Injuries
Work injuries range from very minor to catastrophic, and can occur from a variety of causes and circumstances. Injuries cover the spectrum and include:
- Sprains/strains of the neck and back, ankles and other joints
- Rotator cuff tears
- Broken limbs, hands, fingers, face or hip
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel
- Lung damage from toxic fumes or prolonged exposure such as Mesothelioma, cancer, chemical poisoning, occupational asthma
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.