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Why do so many injured workers across Arizona fail to obtain their maximum workers’ compensation and disability benefits while they’re unable to work? In part, because the workers’ compensation claims and hearing process can be lengthy and confusing, leaving you frustrated and stressed as you struggle to understand your rights. On top of everything, you might be getting mixed messages from your employer and their insurance company regarding what compensation you’re owed.
At the Law Offices of Robert E. Wisniewski, we understand how difficult it can be to recover from your injuries while at the same time attempting to navigate the cumbersome compensation claim process and put food on the table for your family. You deserve an experienced lawyer standing by your side who will work for you, because you can’t.
Without professional representation, many injured workers fail to receive the justice and compensation they deserve.
Getting a check in the mail for workers’ compensation benefits you’re owed shouldn’t be difficult, but the reality is that employers and insurance companies often make injured workers jump through hoops.
We’re here to help set the record straight.
Our experienced work injury attorneys have successfully represented hardworking Arizonans who have suffered from a work-related accident or illness. Schedule your free consultation today.
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Benefits for Injured Workers in Arizona
For starters, you should know that workers’ compensation is a “no fault” system in Arizona, meaning injured workers receive medical and compensation benefits no matter who caused the job-related accident. In some cases where the injury or illness is catastrophic and long-lasting, you may also receive permanent compensation benefits and “job retraining.”
With that said, unfortunately, workers’ comp isn’t an end-all solution.
Generally speaking, Arizona places limits on the workers’ compensation benefits your employer is forced to pay, and your employer’s insurance company doesn’t have to pay for all of your losses — just the losses specified by state law. For instance, an injured worker won’t receive payment for pain and suffering under the workers’ comp system.
The benefits made available for injured workers in Arizona fall into three main categories:
If you’ve suffered an injury at work, then you’re entitled to receive compensation for associated medical costs and expenses, including:
- Hospital and emergency room visits
- Prescription medications
- Visits to physicians
- Medical examinations and diagnostics
- Physical therapy
- Reimbursement for travel expenses to attend medical appointments
Wage Loss & Disability
Injured workers in Arizona may also be able to receive lost income benefits based on their injury and the circumstances surrounding their injuries. If your disability is permanent and total, your benefits will equal 2/3 of your average monthly wage, up to the state’s maximum benefit amount.
These income benefits will generally fall into one of four categories:
- Temporary total disability (TTD). Paid to injured workers who are temporarily unable to return to work after sustaining an injury. A physician must fully take you off work.
- Temporary partial disability (TPD). Paid to injured workers who are able to return to work but aren’t able to perform all aspects of their required duties. A physician must specify what your work restrictions and limitations are.
- Permanent partial disability (PPD). Paid to injured workers who have sustained a permanent injury but are still able to work in some capacity.
- Permanent total disability (PTD). Paid to injured workers who have sustained injuries severe enough that they render the individual completely unable to work.
In the event of a fatal workplace accident or occupational illness, the worker’s surviving dependents — spouse, children/stepchildren, parents, siblings and/or other dependents — may receive compensation for the death of their loved one. Generally, death benefits pay up to 2/3 of the deceased worker’s average monthly wage.
How long death benefits are paid depends on the dependents’ relationship to the deceased. In addition, the insurance company must pay up to $5,000 for the worker’s funeral and burial expenses.
What To Do After a Workplace Injury or Accident
Taking the right steps (in the right order) after a workplace accident is essential to ensuring you receive maximum benefits in Arizona. If you’re injured on the job, it’s essential that you notify your employer of the injury as soon as possible. It also helps to write down all the details surrounding your injury while they’re fresh in your mind. After formally notifying your employer and writing down the incident, request to be examined by a physician immediately.
Read more: How to Apply for Workers’ Comp
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If you have been injured on-the-job in Arizona, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule your free attorney consultation. At the Law Offices of Robert E. Wisniewski, we understand the injured worker. For over 40 years, we have provided timely, dedicated representation to thousands of severely injured workers across Arizona.
Under Arizona workers’ compensation law, injured workers only have 1 year from the date of injury to file a claim with the Industrial Commission of Arizona. The worker must also notify their employer as soon as possible after becoming aware of an injury or illness that occurred on the job. Any delay in reporting the accident may result in your benefits being reduced — or denied completely.
Don’t delay any longer. Let us help you secure maximum workers’ compensation benefits for you and your family.
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.