Phoenix Workplace Injury Lawyer
Injured at Work
State laws dictate what claims can be made when somebody is injured while they are working. Many people believe that if they are injured while on the job, their only course of action is to file a workers' compensation claim. This is often not the case.
It is true that workers' compensation and premises liability protects most of our workers. This protection can be very important. However there are many times when Arizona workers' compensation is not adequate. And there are many times that there is a better remedy. When a third party caused the injury – not a coworker but somebody who worked for separate company or from a dangerous product that was used at work – there are other remedies available. In addition, employers are required to meet certain standards and to do certain things in order to have the protection of workers compensation. Where an employer fails to do what is required, such as posting adequate notice to the workers or providing the availability to "opt out" of the workers' compensation system, the worker still may have the right to file a lawsuit for negligence.
There is no question that there are many times that the workers' compensation system is a huge benefit to workers. There are many times where even if one could "opt out" of workers' compensation it would not be to their benefit. This may even be true in a large percentage of cases. However, it is always advisable to speak with a worker injury lawyer prior to making this determination. If you or someone that you love has been injured while they are at work, please feel free to give us a call.
For more information, click here to our article "What to Look Out for When You are Injured in an Accident While You Are on the Job."