Workers’ compensation exists to provide relief to employees who suffer injuries on the job, offering medical care and possibly weekly benefits until an injured employee recovers enough to return to work. Any worker injured in Glendale could potentially encounter serious issues while pursuing workers’ compensation benefits. The Law Offices of John Phebus offer legal representation in workers’ compensation cases, so contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Glendale workers’ compensation attorneys.
Why Choose the Law Offices of John Phebus?
- The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of John Phebus have more than 20 years of experience in personal injury and criminal defense cases.
- Founding attorney John Phebus is the former President of the West Maricopa County Bar Association and regularly speaks at legal seminars about a wide range of topics.
- Our firm has earned perfect 10 ratings on Avvo in the categories of Top Attorney in Criminal Defense, Top Rated Personal Injury Firm, and Top-Rated Attorney for DUI.
- We offer free consultations so potential clients can better understand their options without any financial commitment.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Filing for workers’ compensation in Arizona may appear straightforward at first, but countless possible factors exist that can complicate a claim. Additionally, the claims process is more complex than many people realize, often requiring extensive documentation and meeting specific appointments. Procedural missteps with a workers’ compensation claim can interfere with a claimant’s ability to recover, and a Glendale workers’ compensation lawyer can help prevent them.
The Glendale workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of John Phebus understand both sides of the civil court system and work to maximize every client’s recovery. The claimant in a workers’ compensation claim may need help dealing with difficult claims adjusters, gathering required medical documentation, or even navigating adverse actions from employers. A workers’ compensation attorney works to ensure his or her client secures the workers’ compensation benefits available under state laws.
Arizona Workers’ Compensation Laws
Arizona allows a one-year time limit for filing workers’ compensation claims. This window may seem generous, but the length is to ensure that an acquired injury that develops over time or an injury that does not immediately manifest noticeable symptoms can still qualify for compensation. However, an injured employee should make every effort to report a workplace injury and start the claims process as soon as possible. Any unnecessary delay could reflect poorly on the claimant and may even lead to a denial of benefits in some circumstances.
All employers in Arizona must carry workers’ compensation insurance if they have one or more employees. Workers’ compensation coverage does not come at any cost to employees; employers pay premiums to maintain workers’ compensation coverage through an insurance carrier. When an employee suffers a workplace injury, he or she should report it immediately and start the claims process. The employer must provide the necessary forms and a list of available doctors for the employee to visit.
If a workplace injury results in an emergency, an injured employee may see any available doctor. However, once the emergency stabilizes the employee must visit one of the doctors on the workers’ compensation insurance carrier’s approved list of providers. The employee must select one of these providers who will then treat the employee and assign a disability rating based on the severity of his or her injuries and the potential for future disability.
Potential Issues With a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Employees may encounter retaliation from an employer for filing for workers’ compensation, or an employer’s negligence or intentional action that led to an employee’s injury may open the possibility of legal action beyond a workers’ compensation claim. The Law Offices of John Phebus offer representation in workers’ compensation claims and can help a client navigate the claims process and explore additional avenues for legal recourse after a workplace injury. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a Glendale workers’ compensation lawyer.