Disfiguration | Employee Rights
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Under Arizona law, workers compensation benefits cover disfigurement, or disfiguration, which occurs as the result of a workplace accident or injury. Employees that suffer disfiguration can be unable to achieve gainful employment because of their injuries, or at the very least may suffer discrimination because of their disfiguration.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 99,547 claims filed for workers compensation in Arizona alone, many of which resulted in permanent disability for the worker. In the case of an Arizona workers compensation disfigurement claim, there are various levels of disability that an employer will attribute to a worker’s injury.
It is illegal, however, for an employer to discriminate against an employee who files a workers compensation claim following a workplace injury, and if you or a loved one has been the victim of disfiguration because of such an incident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
The attorneys of Phillips Law Group understand the immense pain and suffering that go along with disfiguration, and that the victims of such an accident must fight for their voices to be heard to ensure that they receive the compensation, medical attention and necessary treatment that they deserve.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the Free Case Review form located on the top right of this page. It is 100% FREE and without any obligation to proceed. Additionally, the information you provide to our intake team regarding the details of your case will always remain confidential.
Types of Disfiguration
Data from the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) cites contact with equipment and machinery as the most fatal encounter an Arizona worker could have in 2012, and other categories include slips and falls, transportation incidents, assaults and violent acts, and exposure to harmful substances. Depending on the incident a workers disfiguration could involve permanent scarring or loss of limb, to name a few.
The following are some of the most commonly reported types of disfiguration:
- Burns resulting in scarring
- Deep lacerations
- Facial scarring
- Loss of arm
- Loss of eye or eyes
- Loss of leg
- Mutilated torso
- Portion of limb loss
- Severed finger or fingers
- Severed toe or toes
- and many others.
The physical pain a worker will endure during an episode that results in their disfigurement can be excruciating and impossible to imagine, which is why it is vital to report and treat any workplace injuries as quickly as possible. Valuable time may be lost if there is any hesitation, and the victims of workplace disfiguration must act quickly to salvage what they can of their health.
Phillips Law Group knows how difficult it can be to deal with a permanent impairment or disfigurement, and we believe that our clients deserve competent representation and swift action in order to help them and their loved ones recover from their injuries and to move on with their lives.
Arizona Permanent Impairment
According to the ICA workplace injuries that result in permanent impairment are separated into two categories, scheduled and nonscheduled injuries. The difference between the two is directly related to which part or parts of the body the injury affects.
A scheduled injury affects a single limb or body part, such as a leg, arm, finger, face or teeth, while an unscheduled injury can affect a combination of areas of the body, or result in a general impairment.
Compensation for scheduled injuries may be paid for a specified length of time, while an unscheduled injury may prevent the worker from ever finding employment again, and if this is the case then the benefits will continue as long as the impairment prevents them from doing so.
In Arizona, the Industrial Commission decides the amount of compensation based on loss of earning capacity and there are many variables involved in this decision. Education, limitations, work experience and other factors contribute to the ICAs compensation estimate.
Contact an Arizona Disfiguration Lawyer
Our experienced and dependable legal team understands that disfiguration from a workplace accident can put more than just an emotional strain on a family, and the financial strain it causes can impair that family’s ability to continue to live a full and thriving life.
As one of Arizona’s largest consumer law firms, the skilled attorneys at Phillips Law Group have the resources and the desire to help the victims of workers compensation claims to receive the maximum benefits due to them.
At Phillips Law Group, we want to help you and your family by assisting you in understanding your rights in cases of workers compensation fall claims.
Phillips Law Group has offices in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, in Salt Lake City, UT and in San Diego, CA. In addition, we are proud to represent clients in the following cities:
- Gilabend, AZ
- Globe, AZ
- Payson, AZ
- Prescott, AZ
- Carlsbad, CA
- Chula Vista, CA
- La Jolla, CA
- Bountiful, UT
- Murray, UT
- Sandy, UT
and most of the other surrounding towns and areas in each state.
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