Arizonans, like other Americans, are proud of their work ethic. For better or worse, our identities are wrapped up in what we do. However, when we cannot work due to a workplace accident, we suffer great physical and emotional distress.
Workplace accidents can take many forms. Some are obvious, like falls, slips, collisions, chemical spills, explosions and equipment malfunctions. Other accidents are less obvious, like those involving back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome and mental distress and impairment.
The workers' compensation program is the primary vehicle for helping workers injured on the job. This program compensates victims for lost wages, medication, surgery, therapy, rehabilitation and other medical services following a serious workplace accident or injury. When it works properly, workers' compensation can bring great relief to injured employees and their families.
However, even the most loyal employees can run into obstacles from their employers when they seek workers' compensation benefits. Employers do not file workers' compensation claims; it is the injured employee's responsibility to do so. Sometimes, an employer will object to a claim because they do not believe it happened on the job or they simply fear their insurance rates will increase as a result of the claim.
No matter what the cause or the symptoms, if you are injured on the job, your employers bear some responsibility for your care. The law firm of Jerome, Gibson, Stewart, Stevenson, Engle & Runbeck is here to help make sure your employer meets those responsibilities.
For more than 40 years, our experienced workers' compensation attorneys have helped injured employees from Phoenix and the surrounding area file workers' compensation claims, negotiate with uncooperative employers and, if necessary, appeal denied claims to higher authorities.
Our firm can help employees like you get the compensation you are entitled to under the law. For more employee resources, please visit our workers' compensation webpage.