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Phoenix Work Injury Lawyers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), close to 60,000 workers in Phoenix were injured on the job in 2021 in a non-fatal manner. Yet, just because a workplace injury is nonfatal doesn’t mean that it’s something that’s easy to recover from. Workplace injuries can cause disability, ongoing pain and suffering, and unexpected expenses.

If you suffered a workplace injury in Phoenix or the surrounding area, schedule a free case evaluation with the experienced work injury attorneys at Hastings & Hastings to learn about your potential legal options and rights. Our Phoenix personal injury lawyers are proud of our history of helping our clients get the help and compensation they deserve and need.

What Is Provided to Injured Workers by Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation provides several benefits if you are hurt on the job, including:

  • Medical care, including emergency care, hospital care, and on-going medical care.
  • Lost wages averaged at your monthly wage if you miss more than seven days of work.
  • Disability payments, both permanent and temporary, if a doctor authorizes it based on statutory average earnings.

Common Phoenix Workplace Injuries Covered by Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is designed to take care of employees who are injured or made ill because of workplace conditions. Some of the more common workplace injuries and illnesses include:

  • Being hit by a falling object
  • Falling from ladders or scaffolding
  • Crushing injuries
  • Electrical burns
  • Head injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Vehicle injuries
  • Workplace violence
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Chemical exposure
  • Cancer

Third-Party Liability in Work Injury Cases

In cases involving serious injury, workers’ compensation benefits may not provide adequate compensation. While you are generally unable to file a lawsuit against your employer, if another party or entity is responsible for the injury, you may be eligible to file a third-party work injury claim. Responsible third parties can include:

  • Other drivers – if you were involved in a motor vehicle collision on the job
  • Property owners – if, for instance, your workspace is rented and a dangerous condition was present
  • Product manufacturers – if a defective product or tool led to your injury
  • Contractor – if someone from another company created a dangerous condition or caused your injury. This is especially common in construction site accidents.

What Should You Do If You Suffer from a Workplace Injury?

If you’re injured at work, take the following the steps:

  • Let your manager know or let HR know right away. An accident report and a workers’ compensation claim need to be completed as soon as possible.
  • If necessary, call 911 for immediate medical care and to get a formal accident report. This can be a legal necessity in many instances, such as in the case of workplace violence, crushing injuries, and vehicle injuries.
  • Contact ADOSH even if your employer said they will do it. If your employer has three or more employees and you went to the hospital, your employer is required to report the accident to the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
  • Schedule a free consultation with Hastings & Hastings experienced Phoenix workplace injury lawyers.

As someone who was hurt on the job, you may have more than one option. While you do have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim, you may have the right to file a lawsuit if there is a third party who was responsible for your illness or injury. However, this largely depends on the circumstances of your claim.

To learn more, schedule a free case evaluation with Hastings & Hastings now.

Contact Our Phoenix Workplace Injuries Attorneys

While Phoenix workplace injuries can seem straightforward, they’re not always easy to get through. Sometimes, your employer or even the workers’ compensation insurance company will look for a reason to pay out as little as possible or outright deny your claim. Get the help that you need for your workplace injury by scheduling your free consultation with Hastings & Hastings now.