Many Arizonans who work in factories likely have to spend some of their time hauling heavy loads to a truck for shipment, to another part of the factory or to a dumpster for disposal. While some might think of this as a routine part of a job, it in fact can result in serious factory accidents that in some situations may turn fatal.
Arizona workers may want to pay attention to a recent workers' compensation case in a neighboring state that resulted in a unanimous opinion being handed down by the New Mexico Supreme Court. In this case, the wife of a fallen police officer filed for workers' compensation death benefits after her husband drowned trying to save the life of a child in 2002. An examiner believed that the officer hit his head when he dove to rescue the child. Fortunately, the child made it out of the water alive, although the rescuer did not.
Many Arizonans who were watching the NCCA Tournament unfold may have seen the aftermath of Louisville basketball star Kevin Ware's horrific injury sustained on the court. The injury involves a compound fracture and will likely require extensive rehabilitation. Ware's personal injury also calls into question his future as a college or professional basketball player.
Three workers at a metal fabrication plant were recently charged in a criminal court for workers' compensation fraud.