Yuma Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Injuries or illnesses that happen on the job often leave employees unable to work. Going without wages while trying to recover from a serious injury can cause a lot of stress, especially as medical costs and other financial concerns pile up.
Phillips Law Group founder and partner, Jeffrey Phillips is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California and committed to assisting employees injured in work-related accidents. With decades of combined legal experience handling Arizona workers’ compensation cases, our team is ready to assist you. We have helped many injured employees secure compensation, including $834,000 for a worker who suffered a broken shoulder, torn rotator cuff and nerve damage, and $550,000 for a workers’ compensation car accident victim who suffered a broken collarbone, brain hemorrhage and coma.
Schedule a free, no obligation consultation to learn more about how we may be able to help you with pursuing workers’ compensation benefits.
Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?
Arizona employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance for any full or part-time regularly employed individual. This rule does not apply to:
- Independent contractors
- Occasional employees
- In-home domestic workers
Workers’ compensation benefits may be available if you sustained an injury in a workplace accident. In Arizona, injured employees are allowed to seek workers’ compensation even if he or she may share some fault for the incident that caused the injury.
Workers’ compensation injuries typically occur on-site. However, some injuries that happen away from the primary job-site may also make an employee eligible for benefits if he or she was still involved in work-related business when the accident occurred. For instance, if an employee is injured while driving a company car to another job-site.
Workers’ compensation cases can be complicated, but we are here to help. We invite you to contact our Yuma workers’ compensation attorneys to see if you may be eligible to receive benefits.
Schedule a Free consultation to learn more about the workers’ compensation process. Ph: 1-800-706-3000
What Types of Compensation Could I Receive?
If your workers’ compensation claim is approved, your benefits may cover related medical expenses as well as a portion of the wages you lost while recovering from your injuries. Temporary benefit payments continue for your recovery period while permanent benefit payments may continue if your injury causes you permanent disability.
Types of workers’ compensation benefits include:
- Temporary Partial Disability (TPD): While recovering, employees may work limited hours, but it may not be the same type of work or level of pay as in their original role. TPD payments equal two-thirds of the wage difference from before the accident to the reduced present amount.
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD): TTD benefits start one week after an injury is sustained and continue through the medical treatment period. Monthly benefits are paid at two-thirds of what a person was making monthly in the 30 days prior to the accident.
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD): Once the worker reaches the maximum medical improvement, TPD benefits stop. If the treating physician determines the employee is able to return to work, but not in the same role as performed prior to the injury, PPD benefits begin. These benefits equal half the former monthly salary.
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD): If a worker is disabled and unable to ever go back to work, PTD payments are issued weekly up to the maximum allowable benefit.
- Death Benefits: If a worker is killed on the job, death benefits help pay for funeral and burial costs. Benefits are equal to 67 percent of the worker’s average monthly wage, and maximum monthly amounts depend on the date of injury. Death benefits may be paid to surviving spouses, children under 18, children under 22 enrolled in school full time or surviving children who are unable to support themselves.
Why Should I Hire a Lawyer?
Securing workers’ compensation benefits can be difficult, especially if your claim is initially denied by your employer or workers’ compensation insurance provider.
Sometimes, workers’ compensation benefits are not enough to fully cover the work-related injuries or illness. Our qualified workers’ compensation attorneys will be able to determine whether a third party may share any responsibility for the accident that caused your injuries. If so, you may be able to file a third party claim in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.
Phillips Law Group has secured settlements and verdicts for injured workers throughout the great state of Arizona. See what our satisfied clients have to say about working with the Phillips Law Group workers’ compensation legal team.
Call today to discuss your legal options with a qualified workers’ compensation lawyer. Ph: 1-800-706-3000
How Long Do I Have to File for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
The Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) requires you to report any job-related injuries to your employer as soon as possible. It is highly recommended that you do this before leaving the jobsite on the day of your accident. This helps to ensure your injury is documented when it happens and lessens the possibility of your employer claiming you got hurt elsewhere.
It is the employer’s responsibility to notify their insurance carrier and the ICA of your injury. Within 21 days, the insurance company must notify you regarding claim denial or acceptance.
It is important that you meet all deadlines to protect your opportunity to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. Phillips Law Group is available to answer any questions you might have about the process and its deadlines – contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation.
Common Workers’ Compensation Injuries
Many types of injuries happen on the job. Certain professions experience a higher number of workplace injuries due to the dangerous nature of the work, including:
- Machinery accidents
- Falls, slips and trips
- Chemical exposure
- Contact with objects/equipment
- Repetitive motion
Common types of injuries that happen at work include:
- Strains and sprains
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spine and back injuries
- Hearing loss
Occupational diseases are another type of injury that can be related to your work. Exposure to substances and chemicals on the job can lead to illnesses such as mesothelioma and other cancers. Repetitive motion, such as typing, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. You may be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits for these conditions if you can prove they are work-related.
Contact Our Yuma Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Workplace accidents may cause serious injuries that can leave an employee without a source of income to care for their families or pay for medical treatment. Workers’ compensation benefits provide income while recovering from a workplace injury and replace income if an employee becomes disabled.
Workers’ compensation claims are often complex. Hiring a qualified Yuma workers’ compensation attorney ensures you have professional guidance and that someone is on your side, protecting your legal rights.
Request a free, no obligation consultation with Phillips Law Group today. If you decide to pursue a claim, we are only paid if we recover compensation for you.