What to Do After Getting Hurt at Work in Phoenix
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Workplace injuries are far too common in Arizona; in fact, in 2019 over 62,000 nonfatal workplace injuries were reported in Arizona’s private industries alone. Although companies have policies to keep their employees as safe as possible, injuries still happen. Similarly, although workers’ compensation is designed to compensate for those injuries, it still sometimes leaves costs uncovered.
If you are wondering what to do after getting hurt at work in Phoenix, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a free case evaluation with one of our Phoenix work injury attorneys. Our workplace injury attorneys will work hard to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled, and if we don’t reach a favorable outcome in your case, you won’t owe us a dime.
workplace injuries explained
In the United States it is estimated that a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds, which equates to approximately seven million injuries a year. Of course, those numbers only represent the injuries that were reported by the employees. These statistics are staggering and raise many valid questions, such as: What is considered a workplace injury? What are the common causes of injuries in the workplace? And—most importantly—What rights does an injured employee have?
Types of Injuries and Their Causes
Workplace injuries vary greatly in type, severity, and cause. Some injuries may leave an employee unable to work for just a few days, whereas others may leave an employee unable to work for the remainder of his or her lifetime. In either situation, however, Zinda Law Group’s Phoenix personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping that employee take back control of their life and obtain maximum compensation for their injuries.
According to the National Safety Council, here are some examples of common workplace injuries and their causes:
Common Workplace Injuries
- Soreness or pain: Experiencing pain, specifically chronic back pain, is an extremely common complaint among workers. Workers who sit in office chairs for hours a day may experience this, as well as workers who need to physically exert themselves all day.
- Cuts, punctures, or lacerations: Of course, these types of injuries can vary greatly in severity. Whether it is a cut that needs a Band-Aid or a laceration that calls for stitches, it is a common occurrence among many different fields.
- Sprains, strains, and tears: This kind of muscle damage is common among many different occupations. Whether the employee slipped at their waitressing job or was using an improper lifting technique at their warehouse job, these kinds of injuries are possible, and may require extensive therapy.
- Head injuries: Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are relatively common, but they can be difficult to detect. Even if the employee retains consciousness, they nevertheless may have experienced a serious head injury. These injuries can become very serious if left untreated; thus it is important to seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
Common Causes of Workplace Injuries
- Overexertion: This is one of the most common causes of workplace injuries; it includes lifting, bending, lowering, or other repetitive stress motions. For example, a warehouse worker continuously lifting heavy objects or a plumber consistently bending over may suffer overexertion.
- Slips, trips, and falls: We have all slipped at one point or another in our lives, and so it makes sense for this to be a common cause of workplace injuries. This cause is especially common in jobs that have hazardous environments, like those that have slippery surfaces or involve standing on roofs, ladders, or scaffolding.
- Contact with objects and equipment: In jobs that involve complex machinery, it is common for workers to be struck by, caught in, or compressed between the equipment. Sometimes workers may even be injured by falling objects or collapsing structures.
Workers’ Compensation: What Is It, and What Does it Cover?
Workers’ compensation is basically a form of insurance that protects businesses and employees when an employee is injured on the job; the business pays the insurance company, and, in turn, the insurance company helps the injured employee cover their financial losses. All public and private employers in Arizona who have one or more employees are required to provide workers’ compensation coverage. Additionally, because Arizona is a “no fault” system, injured employees are always entitled to medical benefits and compensation regardless of what caused their work-related injury.
When an injured employee files a workers’ compensation claim, that employee can potentially receive the following benefits, provided they meet the statutory requirements:
Compensation for Workplace Injuries:
- Wages: If the worker lost more than seven days of work, then they are entitled to a portion of those wages; the amount they receive is determined based on their average monthly wage.
- Medical benefits: This covers all expenses relating to the injury, including any hospital or doctor visits or medicine expenses.
- Disability: If the injury caused a temporary or permanent disability, the employee can receive a percentage of their monthly earnings for that time period, subject to the statutory limitations.
- Funeral costs: Unfortunately, sometimes work-related injuries can be fatal. In those circumstances, workers compensation can cover death benefits for the employee’s family.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
The workers’ compensation system can be a major benefit to injured employees, but filing a successful claim is not necessarily an easy task. Working with Phoenix personal injury attorneys can take a heavy load off your—sometimes already hurting—shoulders.
In a workers’ compensation claim, several issues must be examined and are sometimes disputed. This can include the nature and extent of the injury, whether the claim was filed within the time specified under law, whether the injury arose in the course of the employment, and what exact damages the employee sustained. Workplace injury attorneys in Arizona can help you stay on top of these issues and ensure that you are in the best position possible to receive adequate compensation for your injuries.
Additionally, hiring an attorney can increase your chances of receiving compensation from other parties. Many people believe that filing a workers compensation claim is the only course of action available after being injured on the job, but that is not always the case; sometimes other parties may also be liable, such as the manufacturers of the equipment that harmed you on the job, or another driver on the road that hit your delivery vehicle. Hiring a Phoenix-based work injury lawyer can strengthen your case and thereby the possibility that you will receive the compensation you deserve from all the responsible parties.
what to do after getting hurt at work in phoenix
As discussed above, workplace injuries can be complicated, which is why it is so important that you follow every proper procedure from the very beginning. Following these steps will save you a lot of hassle and stress later on.
1. Report the injury
Report the injury to your supervisor or HR department immediately; tell them how it happened and the resulting injuries. Of course, if the injury is life threatening or requires immediate medical attention, make that an initial priority; however, it is best practice to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. Although it may be your inclination to not report minor injuries or minimize the injury in the report, it is better to always inform your employer and that you be as thorough as possible in your report, making certain that your report is made in writing.
2. Seek Medical Treatment
Always seek necessary medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible, keeping in mind that even if the injury does not seem extreme right now, there is always a chance that it could become a larger problem down the road; by seeking medical treatment early on, you prevent that from happening. Additionally, if you wait and your case becomes contentious, then your employer may use the fact that you waited to get medical treatment to argue that your injury was minor. When you seek medical treatment, inform the physician that the injury happened while you were at work so they can give you a Worker’s and Physician’s Report of Injury, also known as a “Pink Form” or 102 Form.
3. Document the Accident
By the time you reach this step you should already have two important pieces of documentation: the report you filled out with your employer and the “Pink Form” from your physician. It is important that you collect all other documentation relating to the accident, such as any receipts from medications or proof of missed days of work. In addition, you may want to take pictures of the injuries and/or accident scene.
4. Fill Out the Paperwork
Your employers should have informed you on what you need to do after a workplace injury. If they did, follow their instructions precisely. The legal filling of a claim in Arizona must be completed within one year from either the date of the injury or the date the injured worker became aware of the condition; thus, you must start this process as soon as possible. Of course, this process can be complex and confusing, which is why retaining a Phoenix work injury lawyer is a great option; experienced attorneys can help you navigate filing your claim, advise you on whether your claim is likely to be successful, and consider any third-party liability that may exist.
ZINDA LAW GROUP MAY HELP
If you have been injured at work, the experienced Phoenix personal injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group may be able to help. If your claim is not successful, then you will not owe us a dime. That is our “No Win, No Fee Guarantee.” To set up your free consultation with a workplace injury lawyer, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 today.
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