With one of its western neighbors passing a workers' compensation reform law, an important Arizona business association has weighed in as to what changes, if any, this state should make to its workers' compensation system.
A court recently ruled that a former punter and quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals should receive worker's compensation for injuries that he suffered while playing for another team. He retired after he injured himself in a pre-game warm-up; his fall after a practice kick and awkward landing hurt his back and ended his career, even though he sought medical attention promptly.
When a worker is killed or injured on the job, it may appear as if it is that worker's fault. But what's important to remember is that the worker may not have been given the proper training or equipment to do his or her job properly. Making sure an employee has what they need to do a dangerous job safely is an employer's duty. It's important to consider these factors when work accidents happen.