Injured at work? You may be entitled to benefits and settlements under Arizona workers’ compensation law.
There are many myths and misconceptions about workers’ compensation laws in Arizona. For instance, just because a workplace accident or injury may have been at least partially your fault doesn’t mean your benefits will be denied. You are entitled to workers’ compensation as long as you were injured on the job.
Workers’ compensation pays benefits regardless of fault.
If you have been told by an employer or insurance company that you aren’t entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, do NOT give up hope. Instead, discuss your case with our experienced attorneys to find out how we can help you.
Lawyers from across the entire state of Arizona confidently refer workers’ compensation cases to us for legal advice and consultation. The Law Offices of Robert E. Wisniewski is recognized as a leader in injured workers’ compensation cases in Arizona since 1976. Mr. Wisniewski himself has litigated over 10,000 work-related injury cases at Industrial Commission of Arizona hearings all across Arizona, representing thousands of Arizona injured workers for over 44 years.
Unlike other law firms, workers’ compensation is all we do – all day, every day – and we do it well.
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“Mr. Wisniewski is the best lawyer that I have ever had the pleasure of working with and knowing. His dedication to me as a client has been unmatched. He is kind, caring, empathetic, and genuinely concerned about others. My life was restored after working with him and I was able to heal and continue teaching because of him.” – N.A.
Mr. Wisniewski has been recognized as the premier workers’ compensation lawyer in Arizona. He is the only claimants’ attorney recognized as a Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation.
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Everything an injured worker in Arizona needs to know
Visit the following pages and resources for more helpful information about workers’ compensation:
Common workplace accidents
- Arizona Workers’ Compensation for Weather-Related Injuries
- Occupational Cancer & Arizona Workers’ Compensation Laws
- Back and Shoulder Workplace Injuries
- Work-Related Car Accidents
- Workplace Electrical Accidents & Injuries
- Workplace Slip and Fall Accidents
- Amputations and Disfigurement at Work
- Does Workers’ Comp Cover Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome?
- Workers’ Comp for Spinal Injuries and Paralysis at Work
- Severe Burns and Explosion Injuries at Work
- Workers’ Comp for Occupational Carpal Tunnel
- Workers’ Comp for Head & Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Workers’ Comp for Broken & Fractured Bones
- Workplace Violence and Workers’ Compensation in Arizona
- Significant Bodily Fluids Exposure Under Arizona’s Workers’ Compensation Act
- Arizona Workers’ Compensation for Pre-Existing Conditions
- Are Occupational Illnesses & Diseases Covered by Arizona Workers’ Compensation?
- Chronic Anxiety and Depression from an Arizona Work Accident
- Compensation for Chronic Pain From a Work-Related Accident
- Catastrophic Work-Related Injuries & Workers’ Compensation
Serving Arizona’s workers hurt on the job
- Workers’ Compensation for Firefighters
- Workers’ Compensation for Law Enforcement
- Workers’ Compensation for Paramedics
- Arizona Workers’ Compensation for Professional Athletes
- Workers’ Compensation for Undocumented Workers
- What If I Am an Independent Contractor?
- Workers’ Compensation for Teachers
- Workers’ Compensation for Nurses and Doctors
- Workers’ Compensation for Injured Truck Drivers
- Are Volunteers Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
- Workers’ Compensation for Restaurant, Bar and Kitchen Employees
- Workers’ Compensation for Construction Workers
- Amazon Worker Injuries & Workers’ Comp
- Arizona Workers’ Comp Claims for Injured Railroad Workers (FELA)
- Arizona Airport Employees and Workers’ Compensation
- Arizona Workers’ Compensation for Injured Dillard’s & Department Store Employees
- Arizona Workers’ Compensation for Injured Government Employees
- Arizona Workers’ Compensation for Injured Raytheon Employees
- Arizona Workers’ Compensation for Injured Kroger & Grocery Store Employees
- Arizona Workers’ Compensation for Home Depot Employees
- Workers’ Compensation for Arizona Walmart Employees
- Arizona Workers’ Compensation for Injured McDonald’s & Fast-Food Employees
- Arizona Workers’ Compensation for UPS Employees
- Arizona Workers’ Comp for Meatpacking Industry Employees
Arizona’s workmans’ comp resources
- Guide to Arizona Workers’ Rights When Injured on the Job
- Top Workplace Safety Violations in Arizona
- Unemployment vs. Workers’ Compensation: How They Interact
- A Brief History of Workers’ Compensation in Arizona
- Workers’ Compensation Benefits
- How to Apply for Workers’ Comp
- When Workers’ Comp Claims Are Denied
- How to Appeal a Denied Workers’ Comp Claim in Arizona
- Guide to Arizona Workers’ Comp Depositions
- What is the Workers’ Compensation Discovery Process in Arizona?
- Guide to Arizona Workers’ Compensation Hearings
- Arizona’s Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule
- Maximum Average Monthly Wage Under Arizona’s Workers’ Compensation Act
- Permanent Total and Partial Disability Compensation in Arizona
- What You Need to Know About Arizona’s Workers’ Compensation Hearing Process
- What is the Statute of Limitations for Arizona Workers’ Compensation Claims?
- Arizona Workers’ Compensation for Travel Expenses
- Arizona Workers’ Compensation Forms
- Sneaky Tactics by Insurance Companies to Deny Workers’ Comp Claims
- Fatal Work Accidents & Death Benefits in Arizona
- Arizona Social Security & Workers’ Comp: How They Interact
- Expert Witnesses for Workers’ Compensation Cases in Arizona
- The Role of Arizona’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health (ADOSH)
- Glossary of Workers’ Compensation Terms and Abbreviations
- When Can a Third Party Be Liable for a Workplace Accident?
- Can I Sue My Employer for a Workplace Accident in Arizona?
- How Workers’ Compensation Differs from Personal Injury in Arizona
- What If I Disagree With My Doctor?
- Independent Medical Exams: What They Are, What to Expect & How to Prepare
- How Does Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) Impact Workers’ Comp?
- Arizona Workers’ Compensation & Failed Drug Tests: What Happens Now?
Bob Wisniewski wins in Arizona’s Court of Appeals, yet again. In a hotly contested case, Wisniewski secured a favorable award for his client for loss of earning capacity benefits. The insurance company appealed, arguing that the treating psychiatrist didn’t have a “foundation” to offer an opinion on work restrictions. The Court of Appeals disagreed and ruled in favor of the injured worker.
To many, seeking workers’ compensation may seem complicated and confusing. However, if you work in Arizona and have been injured or become ill while at work, you are likely eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Arizona has a “no fault” system, so even if you placed yourself in harm’s way during work and were injured as a result, you may still be eligible to receive benefits. This means that regardless of fault or seriousness of injury, you should report a work-related injury or illness to your employer immediately after the accident happens. Failure to report the injury may result in the insurance company denying benefits.
Below are 5 basic steps to take in order to begin your workers’ compensation claim:
- In an emergency, seek immediate medical attention as you would in any emergency situation.
- Inform your employer or boss/supervisor that you have been injured. In non-emergency situations, do this first. Don’t wait until the injury becomes more serious or wait to see if you feel better later.
- Seek care from a doctor as soon as possible and save all documents that you receive during that visit.
- File a claim with the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) as soon as possible.
- Inform your employer of any limitations the doctor has placed on your work activity and follow the medical advice from your doctor.
The forms and process for filing a workers’ compensation claim can be confusing. Contact attorneys Robert E. Wisniewski or Javier C. Grajeda — all Workers’ Compensation Certified Specialists by the State Bar of Arizona — whose experience and resources will help you through the process.
What to do if you’re hurt on the job?
If your injury is job-related, you’re covered under Arizona workers’ compensation regardless of who caused the accident. Follow these steps to file a work injury claim:
Step 1: Immediately report the injury to your employer and request the claim form that the law says an employer must provide.
Step 2: Request that your employer refer you to a medical care provider.
Step 3: Do NOT speak to the insurance company representative without your lawyer.
Step 4: Call the Law Offices of Robert E. Wisniewski as soon as possible.
When do you need a workers’ comp lawyer?
- Your claim was wrongfully denied
- Your benefits were suspended
- You need to leave the state of Arizona
- You want to change doctors
- Your claim was closed without permanent disability
- You can’t return to your former job
- Your condition or symptoms worsened and you need to reopen your case
- The insurance company won’t pay or are slow in providing benefits
- You need assistance with processing your accepted claim
- You require medical care or more medical care
- You don’t trust or believe the insurance company
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is your responsibility to file your claim. Mail your completed Worker’s Report of Injury form to (keep a copy and mail certified):
Industrial Commission of Arizona: P.O. Box 19070, Phoenix, AZ 85005-9070
Arizona Social Security benefits
In Arizona, there are situations when a work-related injury, illness, disease or physical disability may qualify for Social Security benefits. However, there are many guidelines that must be followed. In fact, the Social Security Administration denies most initial claims filed by applicants who file without assistance. Social Security laws and regulations are complex and can be confusing. It’s helpful to have a skilled local attorney who is familiar with the process and who can provide assistance with the complexities.
Your finances and medical support are important to your livelihood, so it’s important that your rights are protected. Phoenix attorney Robert Wisniewski has been practicing for 30 years and understands the importance of your claim. To obtain an honest opinion of your chances of being approved for Social Security benefits, contact The Law Office of Robert E. Wisniewski to schedule your free consultation with a Social Security attorney.
Hurt on the job? Schedule your free consultation today
At the Law Offices of Robert E. Wisniewski, we offer a free initial file review/consultation from a highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who will take the time to answer your questions, provide information on how the law applies to your work injury case, and explain your rights at no cost. We also offer contingency fee representation, meaning you don’t have to pay us unless we win your case. Our Phoenix-based practice is devoted exclusively to helping workers get the benefits they deserve.
The clock is ticking on your case. Under Arizona’s statute of limitations, employees have just one year from the date of their injury (or from the date the injury is discovered) to report it and file a workers’ compensation claim.
Don’t spend your valuable time trying to interpret complex Arizona workers’ compensation laws. Don’t let stress and anxiety about filing a claim distract you from focusing on your recovery. Trust our experienced Arizona workers’ compensation lawyers to help you obtain the benefits you deserve.
Why hire our Arizona workers’ comp lawyers?
- We understand the special needs of an injured worker
- Trained and helpful staff
- Personal attention to clients
- Calls promptly returned
- Clients kept up-to-date on case
- State-wide service
- Aggressive & experienced representation
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While our main law office is in downtown Phoenix, we handle workers’ compensation claims throughout Arizona – including Yuma, Kingman, Payson and Flagstaff.