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Injured on the job? Seek medical and legal help.

You know something is wrong. Your body just doesn't feel right. Maybe you notice a nagging cough, headache or shortness of breath. Maybe your back or wrists are more sore than usual. Maybe your spouse sees you limping as you hike your favorite trail. You can't quite pinpoint a cause, but you suspect the problems are related to your job.

Sound familiar? You may be the victim of an industrial accident. If so, contact your doctor immediately and notify your supervisor. You may also wish to consult with a certified workers' compensation specialist in the Phoenix area.

New ruling good news for Arizona workers hurt at work

Workers' compensation laws are regulated by each state. In the past, injured Arizona employees had to stop working for seven full consecutive days before becoming eligible to receive workers' compensation. This meant they would miss out on much-needed benefits if they missed non-consecutive days or worked part-time while recovering from their injuries. Thanks to a recent court ruling, this is no longer the rule for those hurt at work.

The Arizona Supreme Court recently clarified workers' compensation eligibility rules in the court case Bell v. Arizona Industrial Commission. The ruling states that injured employees can continue working after a workplace accident and still qualify for benefits without having to miss seven days of work first. It is believed that this law will benefit both employees and employers, as it keeps employees active while recovering from mild to moderate injuries. The work gets done and employers don't have to worry about hiring temp employees or training others.

I work with chemicals. How can I prevent an industrial accident?

Many of the foods we eat are created in a factory. Some of these foods - especially ones that contain artificial colors and flavors - are created with chemicals that can be toxic when breathed in day in and day out. These chemicals can also be hazardous when touched or accidentally put into the eyes. These situations can cause serious injuries, but fortunately, there are ways that Arizona factory workers can keep themselves safe and avoid an industrial accident.

Factory workers should be on the lookout for any change in respiratory function. If they start coughing more than usual or tend to experience shortness of breath, these are typically signs of toxic exposure. It's a good idea to get the condition checked out by a doctor and perhaps remove yourself from the environment to prevent further exposure.

How is workers' compensation computed for partial disabilities?

It is clear that accidents can happen at any time in any environment, but employers often seek to prevent workplace accidents through training and safety equipment. Despite these efforts, workplace accidents still occur and affect employees and their families. A work injury can sometimes leave an employee partially disabled and unable to return to work for a period of time. In these cases, workers' compensation is a crucial benefit that helps the injured worker make ends meet until they recover and return to work.

How is workers' compensation computed for a partial disability? Arizona Statutes govern how the amount of compensation received for partial disabilities is calculated. If an employee is deemed partially disabled, then during the time of partial disability, the employee will receive compensation that is 66 2/3 percent of the difference between the worker's wages prior to the injury and the amount they are able to earn after the injury.

Workers' compensation and the Industrial Commission of Arizona

When an Arizona worker is hurt while on the job it can be a significant blow to their financial health as well as their physical health. Illness and injury often keep workers out of their jobs and prevent them from earning their paychecks. An injury or illness can make a worker feel physically helpless and unable to support his family all at the same time.

However, the state offers injured and sick workers the opportunity to receive workers' compensation during their convalescence. Workers' compensation is available to Arizona workers who are hurt on the job, regardless of whoever's fault caused the worker's harm. A worker may file a claim with the state in order to start the workers' compensation process.

Construction works falls to his death in Phoenix

Despite improvements over time, and better safety measures, construction remains one of the most dangerous jobs. Work accidents are not uncommon, and often involve falls, crush injuries or other types of serious accidents. These kinds of workplace injuries not only result in serious physical limitations but also create financial concerns when an injured worker is unable to work for a substantial period of time. In the worst cases, a worker is killed while on the job, which can cause extreme financial hardship for his or her family.

In Phoenix, at a job site located in the University of Phoenix Stadium parking lot, a construction worker recently suffered a 25-foot fall, which ultimately resulted in his death. The construction worker was a 31-year-old male who was working on building a stage for a tailgate party for the upcoming Super Bowl. It is unclear at this point what caused the worker to fall, but authorities do not suspect foul play. Emergency personnel, including firefighters and paramedics, responded to the scene and transported the man to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead after arriving there.

Getting hurt at work is a serious matter

Despite strict regulations that mandate safety standards for many United States industries, American workers get hurt in droves every year. Some of those injured workers live right here in Phoenix and each day they work to cope with the harms they sustained while trying to earn their livings. From serious, life-threatening workplace accidents to minor incidents that leave workers wondering if they should report their ailments, on-the-job injuries affect workers across many types of jobs.

Regardless of the type of employment a person has, his or her employer should take some steps to protect the worker while performing the duties of his or her job. Although such steps can vary depending upon the type of work the employee must do, workers should be properly trained and provided with adequate safety equipment to perform their work-related tasks in a safe manner. When employers fail to provide such education and tools to the individuals in their employ, liability on the part of the employer may result.

Work accident on Arizona farm sends man to hospital

Almost any job that a Phoenix resident may have could involve hazards to some degree. While the occupational hazards associated with some high-risk fields of employment may present more serious threats to workers in those jobs than workers in other fields, no worker should suffer harm while doing his job. When employees suffer injuries in the course of their employment, the causes of those workplace accidents sometimes point back to negligence on the part of the workers' employers.

A man working at a farm associated with the Rousseau Farming Company in Surprise was recently injured in an accident on the job while driving a tractor for his employer. The man was in the closed cab farm vehicle when it tipped over and into a water-filled canal. Other workers on the farm had to use a second piece of farming equipment to lift the tipped tractor and free the man. The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Legal help after a construction accident in Phoenix

Construction work in Phoenix and across the state is a form of employment that many people do to earn a living. It's a necessary job that benefits the community and provides a service both publicly and privately. While a construction worker is generally well trained and most employers take care to make certain their work areas are safe, a construction accident is sometimes unavoidable. It might be due to carelessness on the part of the employer, circumstances or a mistake made by the workers. Regardless, our law firm understands the importance of knowing what to do after an accident occurs.

With injuries in a construction accident, there will be medical treatment and a possible hospitalization. This can cost a great deal of money. If the worker is hurt badly with a loss of limb, the need for surgery or even paralysis, the costs will be astronomical and the family will bear the brunt of having to figure out how to navigate the difficult process of assisting an injured loved one.

How do I file a claim for industrial workers' accidents?

When a worker in Arizona suffers from a workplace injury, there are many things that must be considered by the worker and his or her family. Before anything else, it's imperative that there be an understanding of the details of filing a claim for workers' compensation after industrial workers' accidents. In order to receive benefits after industrial accidents, the claimant must follow the proper procedures or there will be an issue with approval.

When filing the claim, it must be filed within one year from when the injury happened or when the worker was informed of the condition he or she suffers from. It is up to the worker to file the claim, be responsible for all the various pieces of information - documents and notices - that make hearing requests possible if there is a disagreement regarding the details of the case.

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Jerome, Gibson, Stewart, Stevenson, Engle & Runbeck, P.C., provides experienced representation for workers' compensation and Social Security Disability cases in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, Casa Grande, Flagstaff, Prescott, Tucson and Yuma, and throughout Maricopa County, Pima County, Pinal County and Yavapai County, and all of Arizona.

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