Phoenix Workplace Injury Lawyer
Injured at Work
Being injured while at work is something that no one plans for. Fortunately, workers' compensation and the workplace’s premise liability coverage is enough to cover many instances of workplace injury. However, that coverage may not be enough when a severe injury takes place on the job. It can be a disaster for a family, unable to anticipate the medical bills, loss of income during recovery, and pain and suffering caused by the accident. Unfortunately, it is common for an employer and insurance agencies to work to protect their financial interests rather than help you get the care you deserve.
Who Gets Hurt at Work?
Anyone can be hurt or killed during their time at work. However, it’s no secret that the majority of workplace injuries happen to people in dangerous jobs. According to nationwide data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,609 workers were killed on the job in 2011. This amounts to 90 a week, or nearly 13 workplace fatalities a day.
In 2012, Arizona experienced 37 fatal injuries on the workplace. The most dangerous industries in 2012 were trade, transportation, and utilities; construction; other services (except public administration); and finally, natural resources and mining.
What are My Options?
Many people believe the only option for someone hurt on the job is to file a worker’s compensation claim. This is often not the case. There are many times when Arizona workers' compensation is just not enough.
Usually, there is a better remedy. When a third party caused the injury – a separate contractor working for another company, for example, or a dangerous product that was used at work – there are other remedies available. In addition, employers are required to meet certain standards in order to have the protection of workers’ compensation. If your employer fails to do what is required, you have the right to file a lawsuit for their negligence.
Workers’ compensation benefits will help the employee with medical bills and lost wages. If the worker is involved in a fatal work accident in Phoenix, the benefits will extend to the dependents of the workers family. When the accident is not caused by the employer or co-employee of the injured, normal personal injury laws are applicable.
Due to the complexity of the workplace injury system, 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 were at work, please feel free to give us a call.
What Should I Do Next?
In the wake of an accident sustained on the job, the next steps may not seem clear. Here’s what you should do next to protect your interests:
- Report the incident immediately: Inform your employer, and call the police if necessary. Having a formal accident report will help your case.
- Talk to a lawyer: Find a skilled workplace injury lawyer to help you build your case.
- Contact the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH): Employers should report the accident (and are required to if there has been a fatality or an incident involving three or more employees where someone went to the hospital). If you are unsure the report has been made, call ADOSH at (602) 542-5795.
- Make a report in the off-hours: If you were hurt outside of traditional business hours, make a report as soon as possible by calling the Arizona State Capitol Police at (602) 542-4580.
- Read more: For more information, read Arizona personal injury attorney Mark Breyer’s explanation of what to look out for when injured on the job.
Knowing where to turn after being hurt on the job can be very confusing. Ultimately, it will be your responsibility to file a worker’s compensation claim. There will be paperwork, forms from your employer, and medical records – contact a lawyer to help make sense of the process. Breyer Law Offices, P.C. will help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you, or someone you love, have been injured on the job, call (602) 457-6222. The experienced workplace injury attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. will help you navigate the troubling process of filing a workplace injury claim.