Brian Clymer, Attorney at Law

Workers Compensation Archives

Streak continues as peers choose Brian Clymer for 2019 edition of 'Best Lawyers'

Brian Clymer was selected again by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the practice area of "Workers' Compensation Law -- Claimants." This marks the 24th consecutive year that Brian has been chosen in his practice area by his peers.

Beware of new 'full and final' settlement statute

On August 3rd new rules go into effective in Arizona regarding "full and final" settlements. These new rules help workers' compensation carriers and employers but leave unrepresented workers' compensation claimants at risk. The new rules say that Industrial Commission Judges who approve such settlements no longer have to consider whether the settlement is in the "best interests" of the injured worker or "fair and reasonable" to the injured worker. The Arizona Legislature stripped that language from the law in the last legislative session.

Changes in settlement statute strip away protections from unrepresented injured workers

Insurance carriers are salivating at the prospect of settling out numerous claims with unrepresented injured workers, per a new statute that eliminates meaningful review by the Industrial Commission of Arizona to make sure the "full and final" settlements are fair and reasonable to the claimant.

Commission to require notices for 'medical only' claims starting in mid-August

Beginning later this summer, workers' compensation carriers will have to issue a "notice of claim status" when accepting a "medical only" claim. The change will inform injured workers that the carrier has accepted medical liability for the claim. "Medical only" claims are those which pay for the injured worker's medical bills from the injury, but not for lost wages because the injured worker's disability from the injury did not continue in excess of seven consecutive days. 

Teachers, educational support staff overdue for higher pay as increasing demands make work place more challenging

We represent injured workers from all walks of life and in every kind of occupation. Among the most dedicated workers we encounter are the teachers and educational support staff in our local public schools. They typically share a common passion and commitment to educating and supporting our children -- whether by teaching in the classroom, driving a school bus, cleaning the school grounds, or preparing and serving hot meals as a school cook.

Directed care bill SB 1407 rips choice of doctor away from injured firefighters, police officers, teachers, public servants

The seriously flawed Senate Bill 1407 ("SB 1407") advancing through the state Legislature would give the state and its political subdivisions ("government") the power to direct and control over which doctors treat public servants for their work-related injuries.

Injured workers usually have right to choose doctor but must do so quickly

In most cases, the injured worker can choose her treating doctor for the industrial injury, so long as that happens before the second visit. An exception is if your employer is self-insured and directs medical care.

Arizona Legislative Session Opens January 9

Arizona lawmakers returned to Phoenix January 9 for the first day of the new Legislative session. Our state legislators have the power to make changes to Arizona Workers' Compensation system. It's important to know who your state Senator and two state Representatives are. When bill that reduces workers' comp benefits or makes the system less fair for injured workers is proposed, directly contacting your legislators can effectively stop bad legislation. Let your state Senator and state Representative know that you are a voter and a constituent who lives in their legislative district, and that any bill that limits workers' comp benefits only serves big insurance companies, while further harming injured workers like yourself.