Ladder accidents and slips and falls are two of the most common types of workplace accidents. If you’re injured while you’re on the job, you can file a workers’ compensation claim. You don’t have to prove negligence. The fact that the injury occurred is enough to entitle you to receive benefits.
Arizona Workers Compensation Benefits
You may be able to receive money for the following:
- Payment for medical expenses;
- Temporary or permanent compensation;
- Job retraining.
First and foremost, you need to notify your supervisor or employer as soon as possible after your injury. Once your claim is filed, worker compensation lawyers can help you keep track of any deadlines, prove your injuries and expenses and file an appeal if your benefits are initially rejected.
In most cases, Arizona workers can be directed by to see a doctor chosen by the employer for a one-time evaluation. After this, you can see another doctor if you’d prefer.
A Very Limited Right to Sue
If you claim worker’s compensation benefits, you’re usually giving up the right to sue your employer. However, you can still sue under the following circumstances:
- You reject your benefits;
- Your employer or a co-worker showed “willful misconduct” that resulted in your injury;
- A third party (such as a ladder manufacturer) was responsible for your accident. In this case, you’ll be filing suit against this third party, not your employer.
Worker Compensation Lawyers in Phoenix Can Help
The process of filing a claim can be complicated, and your employer may try to minimize your injuries or say that you can go back to work before you’re medically able to. Worker compensation lawyers can help represent your interests and ensure that you receive the most favorable outcome possible.
Contact the workers compensation lawyers at Lerner & Lowe for a free consultation if you’ve suffered a ladder accident, slip and fall or other work-related injury.