On the Job Injuries
Injuries sustained at the workplace can be devastating and have a serious impact on the financial stability of the injured worker and his or her loved ones. Employees, especially those employed in labor-intensive occupations, are exposed to a wide variety of hazards while on the job. Particularly, construction workers face a higher risk of work-related injury or fatality than most workers in other industries across the country.
Most Arizona employers are required to carry workers compensation coverage in the event of a workplace accident or injury. If you or a loved one suffered an injury while on the job, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for losses related to the accident by filing a workers compensation claim.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to on the job injury victims in Arizona, complete the Free Case Review form on this page.
Common On the Job Injuries and Their Causes
According to statistics from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 15 workers die every day from a workplace injury across the country. Additionally, another 200 workers are taken to the hospital daily for injuries incurred on the job. These numbers are alarmingly high.
Regardless of the safety precautions an employer may take, workplace injuries will still happen. An on-the-job injury can be a result of several factors, including repetitive movements for an extended period of time, heavy lifting, faulty equipment and premises liability accidents. Some of the more common workplace injuries include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Fractures and broken bones
- Carpal tunnel
- Back and spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Electrical injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Bruises and contusions
Sometimes, employees can come in contact with toxic chemicals or substances in the workplace. This can often lead to serious illness and disease. Workplace illnesses experienced by Arizona workers can include asbestosis, mesothelioma, chemical poisoning and occupational asthma.
What to Do After Suffering a Workplace Injury
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that all injuries occurring within an organization of more than 10 employees be reported. If you suffered a workplace injury, it is important that you take the following steps immediately after the accident. These steps could be the difference between recovering fair compensation for your injuries and becoming financially unstable due to the accident.
- Report your injury immediately.
- When seeking medical attention, be sure to inform your physician that the injury is job-related.
- File a claim with the Industrial Commission of Arizona.
- Cooperate with the claim investigation.
- Inform the insurance adjuster in a recorded statement of the events and circumstances leading up to your injury.
- Make sure to appear at every scheduled doctors appointment and treatment session.
- Be exact about any pain you are feeling during a test or physical examination.
- Follow your doctors instructions for medical treatment.
Contact an Experienced Phoenix Workers Compensation Attorney
Workers compensation benefits are usually necessary in order to reimburse an injured worker for lost wages, medical bills and rehabilitation. Some jobs are more prone to on-the-job injuries than others. The following occupations experience a high rate of workplace injuries:
- Construction workers
- Truck drivers
- Police officers
- Dental hygienists
- Taxi drivers
- Fire fighters
- Sales workers; especially those who are required to drive
- Bus drivers
- Nurses, orderlies and nursing aides
- Janitors and maids
- Food servers
At Phillips Law Group, our workers compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping Arizona workers fight for their rights. If you or a loved one has been injured through no fault of your own while on the job, you may have cause to pursue legal recourse.
To schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, complete the Free Case Review form to the right of this page.