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How to File for Workers’ Compensation

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How to File for Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is a program run by the State of Arizona to benefit employees who are injured on the job or fall ill as a result of a job-related function. Filing a claim may seem a fairly straightforward process; however, numerous issues that can arise for which it is important to have legal representation. The workers’ comp attorneys in Arizona at Schiffman Law Office, P.C. are particularly adept at handling even the most complex of claims matters.

Filing Your Claim

Upon being injured your first action should be to notify your supervisor. If the injury is serious enough to require immediate medical attention you should proceed to the doctor’s office or hospital right away and fill out the required forms later. Otherwise, your employer will expect you to complete the necessary paperwork prior to treatment.

1. Fill out the Forms: You will need to provide a detailed account of the incident which led to your injury. Whether you, another employee, or the employer is at fault is not at issue, for Arizona has a no-fault workers’ compensation law. However, you do need to explain how the accident occurred. The forms you fill out will also ask you to explain the nature and extent of your injuries. This can be difficult, for individuals do not always even know they are injured. For instance, if you fall off a stepping stool onto your back you may feel fine initially, and only later begin to feel symptoms of injury.
2. Seek Medical Help: Your next step is to seek treatment. Your employer will likely contract with a doctor or medical group for claims, and has the right to expect you to go there. Make sure to seek medical attention even if you don’t believe you are badly hurt.

If Your Employer Disputes Your Claim

It is not unusual for an employer to dispute a claim for workers’ comp. This often occurs when an employee delays treatment or seeks time off from work to recuperate. Your workers’ comp law firm in Arizona will fight diligently to help you obtain all the benefits you need and deserve.

Call Us if You Have Been Injured on the Job

If you have suffered a work injury it is important to have workers’ comp attorneys in Arizona in your corner should a dispute or other problem arise. Call Schiffman Law Office, P.C. to arrange a consultation today at (602) 235-0539.

 

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