Workplace Injury Lawyers in Tucson, Arizona
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Most employers in Arizona are required either to carry workers’ compensation insurance or to insure themselves to cover workplace injuries. Injured workers are not required to file a lawsuit in order to recover damages or to pay expensive medical bills. Therefore, you should not be deterred from immediately seeking medical treatment if you’ve been injured in a workplace accident.
After receiving medical care, your next step should be to consult with an experienced Tucson workplace injury lawyer. An accident attorney will be able to advise you on the process going forward and to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our Tucson workplace injury attorneys.
Are All Injuries Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
Injuries that occur during the course of employment are covered. Arizona uses a “no fault” system, which means that benefits are neither increased nor decreased based on the fault of each party in causing the injury.
However, workplace injury may not be covered if the injury is due to a workers’ disobedience or by an act that may fall outside the scope of the course of employment.
How Do I File A Claim for Workers’ Compensation?
If you have suffered an injury at the workplace, report it to your employer immediately. The employer has the right to investigate what happened, and you have the right to be compensated for your injuries.
A claim can be filed with the Industrial Commission of Arizona. This is done by sending the commission a form from the employer called “A Worker’s and Physician’s Report of Injury.” This form details the injuries suffered, and the commission issues an acceptance or denial of your claim, generally within 30 days.
What Benefits Can I Receive If My Claim Is Accepted?
You are entitled to seek two types of compensation: medical bills and time loss.
There are three stages of medical condition in a claim: temporary total disability (TTD), temporary partial disability (TPD), and permanent partial disability (PPD).
During the TTD phase, you are temporarily unable to work, and you can be compensated for two-thirds of your lost wages during this time. During TPD, you still need medical care but are able to return to work in some capacity. The employer must pay the difference between your wages before the injury and what you are able to earn now working while restricted.
A PPD means that you have suffered a permanent disability, but no longer need medical treatment for it. The employer can compensate you in two different ways. They may choose a “scheduled disability,” which pays a scheduled amount of money for the disability. An “unscheduled disability” pays a lifetime monthly benefit based on the salary lost due to the injury. If the worker can return to the same salary as before the disability, then there is no payment.
Time loss is calculated based on the severity of the injury, which will factor into the amount you will receive.
What If My Claim Is Denied by the Industrial Commission?
If your claim is denied, you have the right to request a hearing before an Arizona administrative law judge. Both sides will present evidence, and a judicial determination will come after the hearing is completed. It is important to consider hiring an attorney for this part of the claim, as the hearing can take a long time and numerous, complicated issues may arise.
Our Tucson Workplace Injury Lawyers Can Help
A workplace injury can cause tremendous burdens on an employee, and the process for recovering all the compensation you are entitled to under the law may prove difficult. It is in your best interest to get an experienced workplace injury attorney on your side who can advise you on all your legal options and guide you every step of the way.
Zinda Law Group has helped many victims of workplace injuries become whole again, both physically and financially. We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you never pay any upfront costs and if we don’t win your case, you don’t owe us a dime.
Call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our Tucson workplace injury lawyers. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.