One of the important things when dealing with legal issues that involve workers' compensation is the applicable state law in Arizona. The process can be lengthy and time-consuming as an ongoing cycle of change can rapidly change claims when someone is hurt on the job. Being injured on the job can lead to long-term health implications, including rehabilitation from crippling head and back injuries. Workers' compensation is an important benefit for those who are injured on the job.
Arizona House Bill 2455 is making the rounds through Arizona's House of Representatives. The bill would ban bad faith claim lawsuits against insurance companies who denied worker's compensation benefits. It would instead pass the onus onto the Industrial Commission of Arizona, which would have jurisdiction over worker's compensation in bad faith claims. A representative from the Industrial Commission said that they don't have the staff to process the extra work that the bill would add.
New bills are introduced very frequently in Arizona. Being injured on the job could result in a very difficult time for a worker and their family. Workers have rights to compensation for injuries stemming from a workplace accident. If someone is injured on the job, it's important to seek medical attention and file an incident report. Being detailed about the accident and the resulting injuries will help in the long run.
The new bill that was introduced would change a variety of bad faith claims for workers' compensation. It's important to be well-versed on what legal rights workers have in Arizona, and what compensation workers can receive when injured on-the-job. Even a simple back injury can take months of rehabilitation. Some injuries will have lifelong effects.
Source: WFSB Channel 3 News, "Proposed AZ House bill would ban workers' comp lawsuits," Rebecca Thomas, Feb. 19, 2014