Have you or a loved one been injured at work? You may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. The main objectives of workers’ compensation in Arizona include:
- Providing compensation and medical care to employees who have suffered work-related injury or illness
- Providing benefits to surviving dependents of workers whose injury resulted in death
According to state law, all employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance. If you qualify, you will receive monetary compensation for medical expenses, suffering, and loss of wages.
The risk of death or injury is present in many types of professions. However, some roles are particularly susceptible to high-risk situations. These include:
- Construction workers
- Warehouse employees
- Manufacturing, factory, and packaging workers
- Truck and delivery drivers
- Office workers
However, workers’ compensation is only available to actual employees of the company. Contractors and temporary workers do not qualify for workers’ compensation.
Steps to Take Following an Accident
Report the incident immediately. According to Arizona law, your employer must be notified about the accident and/or job-related injury within 30 days of its occurrence. Call the police if necessary. Having a formal accident report will help your case.
Speak with a lawyer. Find a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer to help you build your case.
Contact the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH). Employers should report the accident (and are required to if there has been a fatality or an incident involving three or more employees where someone went to the hospital). If you are unsure the report has been made, call ADOSH at (602) 542-5795. If you were hurt outside of traditional business hours, you are still able to file a report by calling the Arizona State Capitol Police at (602) 542-4580.
Collecting workers’ compensation can be as simple as filling out the correct forms for your employer or your employer’s insurance company. However, if either party claims your injury was caused outside of working hours, by your own conduct, or by misuse of company property, you may not qualify to receive compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in the workplace, contact Arizona Attorney Lawyers to discuss your rights and receive the compensation you deserve.
Wrongful Death Claims
If an individual’s negligent or reckless actions result in the death of an employee, a wrongful death claim can be filed, which is separate from workers’ compensation. It is the responsibility of the contractor or company, to ensure that a workplace is safe and free of hazards and that all work equipment is safe, functional, and operated by trained individuals. If your loved one died because an employer failed to ensure his or her safety, you likely have a claim for workers’ compensation. However, if a third party acted negligently or recklessly, you may have a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful death claims can be filed against:
- The owner of the property or worksite
- Drivers of vehicles (if the victim was killed in a collision)
- Site engineers, project managers, and architects
- Manufacturers of dangerous equipment, machinery, and tools
For more information about workplace claims and injuries, contact Arizona Attorney Lawyers today.