If you have been injured while on the job, you may be hesitant to file a worker’s compensation claim. The top reasons that claims are not made are because employees either fear losing their jobs or because they do not know their rights.
Most often, workers will use their own medical insurance or settle on what the company will pay them to handle work-related injuries. But, what if your injury is so severe you land in the hospital for weeks or months? Can you be fired just for being injured at work?
The State of Arizona recognizes that employees have rights, and that’s why there is a worker’s compensation system set up to assist them. You cannot be validly fired for filing a worker’s comp claim. If it can be established that the firing was for filing a workers’ compensation claim you would have good grounds for a lawsuit against the employer.
If you believe that you have been improperly terminated from your job because you filed a workers’ comp claim, we can refer you to an employment lawyer who handles such matter.
If the issues you have relate to the handling of your work comp claim, this is where you need the help of a work injury attorney. Only someone who is very familiar with Arizona worker’s compensation laws will best be able to guide you through what can be a very confusing system. There are claims to be filed and paperwork that should be completed in a way that ensures you get your deserved compensation.
Worker compensation laws in Arizona are a ‘no-fault’ system, in which employees who are injured while on the job have the right to receive medical and compensation benefits. If an injury is deemed to be a permanent injury, there is medical compensation and benefits for that as well.
The key to receiving proper compensation is to know the system or to receive experienced guidance. This is why it is so important to have a work injury attorney on your side. You have the right to worker’s compensation. You shouldn’t fear being able to get it.
Getting injured at work can be stressful enough. How will you pay your bills? How will you pay for the additional medical bills? Will you be able to return to work and when? Let a work comp attorney answer all of those questions for you.