Tips For The Arizona Injured Worker
Attorney Brian Clymer is the head of our firm and has more than three decades of legal experience. He, and his Associate Laura Clymer, have always dedicated their representation to helping those who are injured and need help the most. When you work with our team, we will provide the thoughtful and compassionate representation that you need when you are hurt at work.
Things You Should Know When You Are Injured At Work
We take the time to help you understand what you need to do to remain eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. At all times, a member of our team will be accessible to you and promptly answer any questions that you have. Some of the things that we frequently discuss with our clients include:
- Reporting: You should report the injury to your employer immediately.
- Choice of doctor: In Arizona, you can usually choose your own doctor following a workplace injury. However, in some situations your employer may ask you to visit a specific doctor on a one-time basis. If you return to this doctor, though, he or she will be considered your treating doctor, and you will have to go to him or her for all subsequent care.
- Notices and documents: Notices from the Industrial Commission or your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier often have short reply deadlines (as little as 10 days). Be aware of this, and keep all notices and documents you receive from these agencies and companies. If you receive a notice which you do not understand, or contains wrong information, call us right away, since the time to protest notices is limited. The failure to protest the notice can affect your case permanently.
- Nurse care managers: These managers work for your employer’s insurance carrier and may request that they sit in on your doctor visits. You have the right to have your examinations conducted in private, and then these managers may come in after.
- Returning to work: We can help you understand your rights, and sort through the complications that arise if your treating physician says you should not return to work, but the carrier’s doctor says you should return to work.
- Bad faith claims: It may be possible to sue a workers’ compensation carrier for bad faith. If you feel you have been wrongfully denied benefits, we can discuss this option with you.
- Personal injury case: If someone unconnected with your employer was responsible for workplace accident, we can refer you to a dedicated personal injury lawyer who will work with us to supplement your workers’ compensation claim through a third-party personal injury claim.