PHOENIX WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAWYERS
If you recently sustained an injury at work, you’re probably feeling confused and more than a little worried. Your job is how you support yourself and your family, and now you don’t know how you’ll make ends meet. Fortunately, Arizona law provides an important avenue of recourse to those who suffer an on-the-job injury. The Phoenix workers’ compensation attorneys at Cruz & Associates can help secure benefits for your occupational injury, setting you on the road to recovery.read more
What Are Phoenix Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
The Industrial Commission of Arizona is in charge of all workers’ compensation claims in the state. In Arizona, most employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance that kicks in when an employee sustains an injury in the course of his or her job duties.
Like every other state with a workers’ compensation program, the benefits are “no-fault.” This means you won’t have to prove your employer was negligent in order to collect benefits. In fact, all you have to prove is that your injury occurred at work or as the result of job-related activities.
If you’re eligible for a workers’ compensation claim, you could receive a variety of benefits, which include:
- Payments to address wage loss (can be temporary or permanent, depending on the nature of the injury)
- Compensation for scheduled injury (i.e., when an occupational injury leads to a need for amputation)
- Coverage for all medical bills considered necessary or reasonable
- Rehabilitation or educational training (this applies when returning to your old line of work is no longer possible)
What Should I Do After I’m Injured on the Job?
While the Arizona workers’ compensation system does provide an important service to the state’s injured workers, it can also be difficult to navigate. If you’re injured on the job, we recommend taking the following steps after your Phoenix occupational injury:
Report the Injury to Your Employer.
Telling your employer about your injury is the first step in filing your workers’ compensation claim. The state law of Arizona requires that you notify your employer promptly, either in writing or orally. If you fail to tell your employer as soon as you notice your injury, you may lose your right to collect benefits.
It’s important to provide as much detail as possible. Tell your employer how you hurt yourself, when the accident occurred, and what symptoms you notice. Your employer may ask you to fill out an incident report form; be as thorough as possible. These are often used as evidence when making claim decisions or appeals, so include as much information as you can.
Seek Medical Attention.
Tending to your injuries will be an important part of your recovery, but also your workers’ compensation claim. Your employer might send you to an occupational doctor that’s within their network; or they might let you see your own provider. No matter who you see, it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions. Keep all your follow-up appointments and do anything your physician deems essential to your recovery. If you don’t agree with your doctor’s assessment, seek a second opinion.
Call a Phoenix Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Finally, contact an experienced Phoenix workers’ compensation lawyer. The lawyers at Cruz & Associates have 25 years of experience in Arizona workers’ compensation law. We have several insurance defense attorneys on staff, so we know how insurance companies think and the tactics they use to evaluate claims. We use this information to your advantage and protect your right to fair compensation for your occupational injury.
We offer a free initial consultation for your convenience. If you’ve sustained an injury in a work-related accident, you are entitled to compensation for wage loss and your medical bills. To learn more about our workers’ compensation services, please contact us.