Have you suffered an injury while on the job? If so, you’re likely experiencing a number of emotions. For most of us, our jobs are our livelihoods, providing stability and financial security. The thought of change and having to adapt to something new can be scary.
Fortunately, the law allows certain protections for injured employees. If you have suffered a recent injury, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you understand your rights. To learn more, contact MDK Law Group at (623) 225-5635.
Understanding Arizona Workers’ Compensation
In Arizona, the law requires any organization that employs at least one employee to carry workers’ compensation insurance. In the event of an injury, the workers’ compensation provider will do a preliminary investigation to determine the nature of the incident and the primary cause. If the injuries are work-related, the employee may be eligible for time-loss and medical payments, among other benefits.
Injured on the Job? What Next?
In Arizona, workers’ compensation is no-fault insurance. This means the injured employee is eligible for these benefits regardless of who was at fault. However, there are certain steps you must take to protect your rights.
First and foremost, you must report your injury to your employer. You should always do this as soon as possible after the injury. At this point, your employer should provide you with information and advise you to seek medical care. The employer may have the right to choose your provider, so it is important to get approval before you get any treatment. This is also when you should consult with a workers’ compensation attorney.
What Exactly Does a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Do?
The purpose of workers’ compensation is to protect both the employee and the employer. While this insurance provides the employee with benefits to help facilitate their recovery, it also protects the employer from being sued. That said, you will be dealing with an insurance company that will employ their own legal team to limit their liability and consequently any damages you attempt to recover.
At MDK Law Group, our goal is to help you achieve your maximum recovery. This means we will work with your care providers, review your care plan, and negotiate with the insurance company to help you obtain a fair and reasonable settlement. In the event your claim requires a hearing, our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys are ready to fight for your rights.
Helping You Through the Complicated Workers’ Compensation Process
A workers’ compensation claim is a legal process. In almost all cases, you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to guide you through the process. Under the law, you have the right to a second opinion and may qualify for vocational rehabilitation. However, this is typically not something your employer or insurance provider will volunteer, as it costs them money. At MDK Law Group, we’ll help you understand your rights and guide you through your options. At a time like this, it’s important to have someone in your corner.
You May Have More than a Workers’ Comp Claim
Workers’ compensation prohibits employees from suing their employer for damages. However, depending on the circumstances leading up to your injury, you may have more than a workers’ comp claim. In some cases, you may have a third-party claim. Examples include:
Motor vehicle accidents: If you sustained an injury on the job while driving a motor vehicle, you may have a personal injury claim against the at-fault party.
Defective machinery or parts: When your injuries are due to a mechanical failure, the parts or machinery manufacturer may hold financial responsibility for some or all of the costs of your injury.
Occupational diseases: In some cases, an employee may be diagnosed with an occupational disease that they contracted while they were at work but was actually caused by another entity, such as a chemical manufacturer.
Cases that involve third-party responsibility are complex and typically require coordination between all parties. In these cases, we always advise the assistance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
When You’ve Been Injured, Get the Best Legal Team on Your Side
If you suffer a workplace injury, it can feel like your world has been turned upside down. At MDK Law, our job is to help our clients navigate this time and provide a sense of security and stability. You shouldn’t have to worry about your future when what matters the most right now is your recovery. If you have sustained a workplace injury, it’s important to understand your legal rights and take steps to protect your future. Contact MDK Law Group at (623) 225-5635 for a free case evaluation.