Timely, dedicated representation to injured workers in Yuma for 45 years
As the employment market expands in Yuma with more commercial and agricultural jobs, there are higher risks and dangers associated with these jobs. If you are hurt on the job as an injured worker, you should seek advice from a local, knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney who understands your specific needs.
The Law Offices of Robert E. Wisniewski (Yuma branch) has represented the hardworking citizens of Yuma for 45 years — including farm and factory workers, construction workers and laborers, healthcare providers, first and last responders, police officers and firefighters.
We offer experienced legal consultations and services in workers’ compensation cases across Yuma County:
- Fortuna Foothills
- San Luis
Unlike other law firms, workers’ compensation is all we do – all day, every day – and we do it well.
How does workman’s comp work in AZ?
Workers in Yuma who suffer an on-the-job injury, illness or disease may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits for their medical expenses and lost income during recovery.
To qualify for these benefits, you don’t need to prove that your employer is responsible for your injury, illness or disease; you only need to be able to prove that the injury or illness occurred while you were performing your job duties or as a result of your employment.
This means that in most cases, as long as the injury is work-related, regardless of fault, you’re eligible for compensation.
However, it’s important to know that workers’ compensation does not cover injuries that are self-inflicted or result from an employee’s intentional misconduct. If an injury is deliberately caused by the employee or occurs due to their involvement in illegal activities or serious violations of workplace policies, they may be disqualified from receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
What is the employer’s responsibility when a worker is injured?
In Arizona, most employers must provide workers’ compensation coverage for all employees, whether full- or part-time, and display a notice of this coverage in the workplace. The cost of this insurance is entirely the employer’s responsibility and cannot be deducted from employee wages.
Upon learning of an on-the-job injury or illness, the employer must report the incident to their insurance carrier and the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) within 10 days.
In cases where the employer is self-insured, they may direct the injured worker’s medical care. If not self-insured, the employer can only direct the worker to the employer’s doctor for an initial visit, after which the worker may choose their own doctor.
What injuries should be reported to the employer?
Any injury, illness, or disease that is related to your work should be reported to your employer as soon as possible.
It’s important to inform them of any incident that occurs while performing job duties or as a result of your employment, regardless of the severity, to ensure proper documentation and to initiate the workers’ compensation claim process if needed.
If you develop an occupational disease, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, hearing loss or asbestosis, that you believe is directly related to your job, you should seek a medical diagnosis and report the disease to your employer as soon as you become aware of it to facilitate timely medical intervention and support your claim.
Reporting such conditions promptly can be critical for accessing necessary medical treatments and benefits under workers’ compensation laws.
Learn how your average monthly wage is used to calculate workers’ compensation wage loss (indemnity) benefits in Arizona.
How long does an employee have to report an injury to their employer in AZ?
In Arizona, while it is best for an employee to report a work-related injury, illness or disease to their employer as soon as possible, workers have up to 1 year from the date of the injury or from when they became aware of a work-related condition to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Failure to file the necessary forms within this timeframe will likely result in a denied claim.
How do I file a workers’ comp claim in Arizona?
The first thing you should do after sustaining an injury or receiving a diagnosis for a work-related illness or disease is notify your employer.
Next, seek medical treatment for the injury or condition and inform the health care provider that it resulted from your job. After they examine you, they should give you a “pink form,” known as the “Worker’s and Physician’s Report of Injury,” to complete and sign.
The medical provider will send the original “pink form” to the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA), with copies to the employer and the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Once the ICA receives this form, they notify the appropriate insurance carrier and send a letter to the injured worker with the carrier’s details.
If you don’t receive a letter from the ICA within 14 days of reporting the injury, you should contact the ICA to check the status of your claim. The insurance carrier is then obligated to either accept or deny the claim within 21 days from the date they’re notified.
Please note: If the “Worker’s and Physician’s Report of Injury” form is not provided at the medical facility, you can go online to azica.gov or the ICA’s website and fill out the “Worker’s Report of Injury” form instead. By signing either form, you are applying for workers’ compensation benefits.
What is the waiting period for workers’ compensation in Arizona?
In Arizona, the waiting period for workers’ compensation wage loss benefits is 7 consecutive calendar days, including weekends and holidays.
This means that if a doctor determines that you are unable to work or can only perform light duty due to your injury and you lose earnings for more than 7 days, temporary wage loss compensation starts on the 8th day.
However, if your loss of earnings extends to 14 days or more, then compensation is retroactively paid from the date of the injury, covering all 14 days. It’s important to note that compensation usually doesn’t include the initial day of injury, as you were working on that day.
Looking for an experienced local workers’ comp lawyer in Yuma?
If you’ve been injured at work in Yuma, Arizona, and need help filing a claim or want to ensure you’re getting the compensation you deserve, the knowledgeable work injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert E. Wisniewski are here to help.
For more than 45 years, our attorneys have been fighting for the rights of injured workers in Yuma, ensuring they receive the support and compensation they’re entitled to for their work-related injuries and illnesses.
Contact our office today for a free consultation to learn how we can help with your claim.
“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.
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Resources for injured workers in Yuma, AZ
In Yuma County and throughout the state of Arizona, the workers’ compensation system requires employers to offer insurance benefits to their employees who suffer a job-related injury or illness.
Workers’ comp is a no-fault system, meaning the employer is 100% liable for job-related injuries or illnesses experienced by their employees — no matter who’s responsible for the workplace accident.
As a result, employees typically aren’t allowed to sue their employers to receive insurance benefits.
If you or a loved one were hurt on the job in Yuma, you might find the following local resources helpful:
Official website of the City of Yuma, Arizona
Official website of Yuma County, Arizona
Official website of Yuma County Sheriff’s Office
A local crisis response network for housing, domestic violence, health care, veteran services, mental health, substance abuse, and more
Official website of the Arizona bar where you can find a board-certified lawyer, get legal help and more
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Other law office locations
Don’t live near Yuma? We serve injured workers across the entire state of Arizona. Visit one of our other office locations below.
519 E Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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