Arizona workers are no different from most other people in that their minds probably occasionally wander on the job, at least once in a while. While this is usually harmless, there are certain instances where that is not always the case and an accident results. Especially for factory workers and employees in fields like mining or construction, an industrial accident can be devastating, and sometimes fatal.
What, then, is an injured worker to do when faced with missing time from work due to a work-related injury or illness? What happens regarding lost wages during the recuperation period and mounting medical bills for treatment? Even more tragically, in cases of worker fatality, does the grieving family left behind have any legal recourse?
Take, for example, a recent industrial accident in another state. An employee at a forge facility was seriously harmed while on the job late one afternoon. According to official reports, the man suffered severe head injuries that were deemed life-threatening by emergency responders, who had to transport him to a local hospital for treatment.
Police say that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. Unrelated to the federal agency’s findings, though, is the safety net provided by workers’ compensation. Thankfully, an Arizona employee who is injured on the job in an industrial accident can usually rely on the benefits and security provided by workers’ compensation insurance. Sick or injured employees should be concentrating on getting better, not worrying about finances. Unfortunately, sometimes insurance companies are hesitant to pay the full amount of workers’ compensation benefits to which injured workers are entitled, but an experienced attorney has the legal knowledge and expertise to help these employees fight to get the funds they need and deserve.
Source: wtnh.com, “Industrial worker suffers life-threatening injury in Southington“, Cailyn Blonstein, Aug. 9, 2017