Workplace Accident Attorneys Serving Arizona
The Arizona workers’ compensation program has created a significant partnership between the government, industry, and labor, protecting both the worker and the employer. The state requires that the vast majority of employers provide this type of insurance in the event that an employee becomes injured on the job. Workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” insurance program that provides medical benefits, temporary total benefits, permanent partial benefits, and permanent total benefits to workers injured because of work injuries. It also provides death benefits when a worker is killed on the job. That said, if your accident was caused by the negligence of a third party, including the maker or designer of a product or the property owner where the work took place, you have the right to consider taking legal action. While you cannot sue your employer when covered by workers’ compensation, you do have the right to take action against others who should be held accountable. If you have been injured by a third party, Weintraub & Weintraub is committed to ensuring that you get the compensation you are entitled to. Contact our firm today.
What do I do if I am injured?
If you are injured on the job, it is critical to notify your employer as soon as possible. If your employer is not immediately available, you should be able to notify your supervisor, personnel office, or anyone else in authority at your job. If you need medical attention, the notification should be made to your employer as soon as possible. Unlike other states, Arizona allows an injured person to seek medical treatment with a physician of their choosing as long as they have gone to a provider of their employer’s recommendation at least once. While you focus on healing and receiving financial support from your employer’s workers’ compensation coverage, it may be time to assess if your injury was caused by a third party.
Third Party Lawsuits
Being injured on the job can be stressful. While your employer’s workers’ compensation coverage may help you in the present, you may need to consider who was actually at fault for your injury. In some cases, a third party may be to blame for your accident. These parties may include the property owner where the work is taking place, the designer or manufacturer of safety equipment, tools, machinery, vehicles, or the parts that compose them. These cases can be very complicated and deserve a thorough investigation into the matter.
Taking legal action in these circumstances is very similar to other personal injury lawsuits, including having 2 years from the date of the accident and being subject to the burden of proof; the need to prove your case. The difference between these cases and other personal injury cases is the possibility of having to reimburse the workers’ compensation insurance carrier for the support you received directly after your accident. In some cases, the carrier may have the right to employ a workers’ compensation lien against your recovery.
Contact an Arizona workplace accident attorney
Weintraub & Weintraub is proud to be a quality legal resource for the people of Arizona regarding workplace accidents, namely third-party lawsuits. If you need a law firm with experience and skill that stands out from the rest, contact Weintraub & Weintraub today. We are ready to represent your interests and ensure that your rights are covered under the law.