Scottsdale Work Injury Attorney
Work Injury Attorney Representing Employees Injured at Work
Workers who are injured on the job do not need to prove their employer caused the accident. To recover Arizona worker’s compensation benefits; workers must generally show that they were an employee, that a workplace accident occurred, and that the workplace accident caused an injury.
Our Scottsdale workplace injury attorney maintains a vision towards success in getting workers their just benefits and in having the worker return to work only when he or she is able to work again. We work with your doctors and recommend doctors to help you get the medical treatment you need. Our attorney understands and counters the strategies employers use to try to get you to return to work early or to minimize the extent of your injuries.
Your Rights When a Workplace Accident Prevents You From Working Again
Workers are entitled to have their reasonable medical bills paid for as long as the treatments help the worker stay healthy. Medical bills include hospital stays, doctor bills, medications, and medical equipment such as prosthetic devices.
Wage loss benefits are paid differently depending on the type of disability:
- Temporary disability – These are workers who cannot return to work until their medical problems are treated and they receive necessary rehabilitation and therapy. Generally, these employees get 2/3 of their average weekly wages from the eighth day after their injury until they can return to work.
- Permanent total disability – Employees who cannot work once they reach maximum medical improvement are generally entitled to 2/3 of their average weekly wages up to a maximum amount.
- Permanent impairment disability – Payments are awarded for workers who can’t work full time or at their same job salary depending on whether the worker has a scheduled or unscheduled injury.
- Scheduled injuries – These injuries generally include an amputation of limbs or the loss of specific body parts. Workers are paid 50, 55, or 75% of their monthly wages depending on the severity of their injury. The length of benefits depends on the type of injury. For example, the loss of a thumb could entitle the worker to 15 months of benefits.
- Unscheduled injuries – Workers who cannot work at the same salary as before the accident but who do not have an injury that is on the pre-approved list, are generally adjusted to reflect the lower wages.
The families (spouse and children) of workers who are tragically killed are entitled to have any outstanding medical bills due to the accident paid for, to be reimbursed for funeral and burial costs up to $5,000, and to 2/3 of monthly wage loss pay up to 500 weeks for a spouse and longer if there are children.
In addition to wage and medical benefits, eligible workers may also be entitled to vocational rehabilitation so they can be educated and trained to do different types of work – so they can earn a living. The workers may also be entitled to incidental expenses that can add up; such as transportation costs.
Occupational Diseases Explained
Employees can also recover work loss benefits if they suffered an occupational illness that was expected for your type of work and which doesn’t normally occur to members of the general public. For example, nurses and medical technicians who acquire diseases while treating patients or examining blood, can get an occupational disease. People who work in coal mines who get Pneumoconiosis or silicosis can get occupational disease workers’ compensation benefits.
Common Types of Workplace Accidents and Injuries
Some of the most common reasons workers file workers’ compensation claims are:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Falls from higher levels
- Vehicle accidents
- Being struck by an object, such as when something falls off a shelf or a construction site
- Being pinned into a piece of work equipment
- Machinery accidents and/or malfunction
Workers compensation claims occur in every type of job including construction, transportation, medical work (where patients need to be lifted and carried), forestry, agriculture, manufacturing, sales, and office work.
Common injuries include back pain, herniated discs, broken bones, joint damage, spinal cord injuries, soft tissue issues, amputations, and traumatic brain injuries.
Speak With A Scottsdale Work Injury Attorney Today
We are a work injury law firm in Scottsdale, AZ. At our office, we focus on providing effective trial lawyer and litigation abilities to ensure your voice is heard. Whether your matter settles or ends up at trial in front of a jury, we strive to regain the quality and enjoyment of life you deserve. Our work injury attorney can help you get the medical care you need to return to work or to maximize your health. We fight to properly classify your injuries and to get you every dollar of lost wages you deserve. Our law firm contest every effort by the employer and the employer’s insurance company to force you back to work too soon. Call 480-802-8232 to schedule a free consultation.