Arizona employees are covered under basic worker’s compensation rules. However, there are cases where an injured employee may need the services of a work injury attorney who understands the rules as they apply to work-related injury or death. It is important to understand that under Arizona law, work injuries are covered under “no-fault” provisions. This means that in most cases, the employee is not allowed to sue the employer. Some of the common hazards employees may face on the job include:
Workers who are injured on the job have a right to certain compensation. Compensation may include (but may not be limited to):
Employees are obligated to report all work-related injuries to their employer as quickly as possible. A claim may not be filed more than one year from the date that the injury was sustained. The employer then has the obligation to notify its insurer that a claim should be opened for the employee. The employee must do the following:
When an employee seeks medical care, the physician or hospital will file the proper documents with the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA), which opens a claim for worker’s compensation benefits.
It is important to remember that while you do not need an attorney to represent you, chances are your employer will be represented by an attorney who works for its insurance company. In nearly all cases, hiring a work injury attorney to protect your rights is critical to ensuring you get the benefits you are entitled to. It is also important to remember that in the event an employee died as result of a work-related injury, a wrongful death suit may be filed on behalf of their heirs or their estate for up to two years.
If you are injured on the job, you need assistance from a work injury attorney in Arizona. Contact Friedl Richardson for help. We’ll make sure your interests are protected after a work-related injury.
Read our Work Injury blog for additional information.