Nobody wants to be injured on the job. However, injuries do happen, and Arizona provides for injured employees by requiring certain types of employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Unfortunately, many injured employees are hesitant to file workers’ compensation claims, fearing ramifications such as employer retaliation and losing their case in court. If you are worried about filing a workers’ compensation claim in Arizona, below are some facts to help alleviate your fears.
1) You can’t be fired for making a claim
Many injured employees worry that they will be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim. In Arizona, however, firing an employee for making a workers’ compensation claim is against the law. Therefore, most employers refrain from such actions. However, if you are fired for making a claim, your employer has likely just placed him or herself in an unfortunate predicament, especially when you are represented by an experienced Arizona workers’ compensation attorney.
2) Your employer must provide you with workers’ compensation coverage details
Arizona law requires all employers to have a workers’ compensation plan in place. Most employers provide this information to their employees when they are hired. If you didn’t receive this information, however, request it immediately, as your employer must provide it to you.
3) Your worker’s compensation claim doesn’t affect your work record
Some workers worry that a workers’ compensation claim will cloud their work history and negatively affect their future job prospects. This isn’t true. In fact, no record of the claim will be available to future potential employers, and they aren’t allowed to use it against you if you volunteer the information.
4) Filing a workers’ compensation claim is your right
Finally, many hardworking people hate the idea of taking a “handout” or appearing as if they are “mooching” off of someone else’s money. And while we understand that most people who are injured on the job in Arizona would much rather be working to earn their paychecks than collecting compensation, the reality is that they’ve already paid into the workers’ compensation system, and they’re simply using the benefits they’ve funded in an honest, honorable way. In other words, the workers’ compensation system in Arizona exists because workers are frequently injured on the job, and they need compensation while they recover. If you’ve been injured on the job, you have earned the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits, and you should never hesitate to file a claim. There is nothing dishonorable about being compensated for your injuries.
Workplace injuries can be devastating, both physically and financially. Therefore, if you or a loved one have been injured on the job, it is highly recommended that you contact an experienced Arizona workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible, as you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation, please contact Arizona Injury Law Group, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, at 602-346-9009.
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