Your Step-by-Step Guide to Workplace Injury Claims in Arizona
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Michael E. Trauscht with The Law Office Of Michael Trauscht.
You may be dealing with a workplace injury, wondering how you’re going to pay the medical bills and lost wages, you're not alone. However most don’t know how to go about the process of moving forward with a workplace injury claim in Arizona, let alone whether or not you truly need an attorney (some really don’t and only require notification of the employer to process a claim).
Here’s What You Need to Know About Going Through With a Workplace Injury Claim
- Seek medical help immediately, first and foremost. The important thing to note is that in a workers’ comp case, benefits get paid on the date you receive treatment. If you wait, that could mess with the timeline of how workers’ compensation operates. Also, your injury could get worse.
- Let your employer know that the injury occurred.
- Believe it or not, it’s crucial that you do not keep working your job if you’re injured. It can actually hurt your claim.
- Consult an Arizona workers’ comp attorney. Chances are good your employer or the insurer may have an attorney on their side to diminish or downplay your injury and the costs, so you’ll want a representative on your side as well—just in case.
- Be sure to have your claim filed with the Industrial Commission of Arizona ICA. Your employer’s insurance won’t compensate you until your claim is filed. Employers may even offer to file your claim for you, but the fact of the matter is you’re responsible for it, so do your due diligence.
- And finally, keep in mind that while your employer isn’t obligated to keep the position open for you while you recover, it’s also against the law for an employer to actually fire you because you had filed a claim.
Is it Worth Consulting a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?
With one simple claim, you then receive cash benefits and even medical care while you’re not working, so your wellbeing is taken care of—no stress, no concern. After all, you still need to pay the bills, and the injury was an accident. It’s a type of social insurance that not only protects you, but also protects your employer from other such issues, such as personal injury lawsuits. Additionally, in cases involving fatal accidents at work, workers' comp claims can provide benefits to family survivors. This often involves the fact that the deceased happened to be the breadwinner of the family, and the death—while an accident—could be disastrous financially for the family.
Don’t Delay If You’ve Been Injured on the Job
If your injury prevents you from doing your job, it’s in your best interest to file a claim. As always, seek the help of an attorney even if just curious about your rights and how to proceed. There are some cases where you won’t even need legal representation at all, and a lawyer can help you decide if legal representation is necessary. Many injury attorneys will meet with you to discuss your situation at no cost. Written on behalf of Michael Trauscht by AskTheLawyers.com™