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When Should I Hire an Attorney if I Am Injured?

If you are injured on the job, you can receive compensation for your injury-related expenses through a workers’ compensation claim through the Arizona Industrial Commission. Certain rules apply to these claims, such as the requirement that you notify your supervisor of your injury as soon as possible after your accident. Your employer is the one who will file your claim with their workers’ compensation insurance provider, and they must do this in accordance with the deadlines for workers’ compensation claims included in state law.

You might be considering working with a Phoenix workers’ compensation attorney to pursue your claim. This is your right, and in many cases, working with a lawyer can help you have your claim approved so that you receive an appropriate compensation amount for your damages.

The Workers’ Compensation Claim Time Line

You need to notify your employer of your injury as soon as possible. It is your employer’s responsibility to report your injury to both the Arizona Industrial Commission and their workers’ compensation provider. You also need to submit a claim to the Arizona Industrial Commission. This claim is known as a Worker’s Report of Injury.

Within 14 days, you should receive a letter from the Arizona Industrial Commission to notify you that it and your employer’s workers’ compensation provider received the claim. Within 21 days of receiving the claim, the insurance provider must determine if it accepts or denies the claim. You then have 90 days from this decision to appeal the claim.

When to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

After your accident, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Receiving timely medical care is key to receiving an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

When to hire a workers’ compensation attorney depends on the issues you face with your claim. If your claim is denied and you want to appeal it, hire an attorney who can help you with your appeal. In many cases, doctors and insurers are only willing to speak with attorneys, not with the claimants themselves. You should also consider hiring an attorney if you are offered an inappropriate compensation amount for the injury you suffered. For example, if you are totally disabled but the workers’ compensation provider claims that you are not, an attorney may be able to demonstrate that you are, in fact, unable to work. If you face retaliation from your employer after filing a workers’ compensation claim, discuss it with an attorney to determine your options. Retaliating against an employee for seeking workers’ compensation is illegal.

Work with an Experienced Arizona Workers’ Compensation Attorney

To learn more about scenarios in which a workers’ compensation attorney can help you and how you can move forward with your workers’ compensation claim, contact our team of experienced Arizona workers’ compensation attorneys at Snow, Carpio & Weekley, PLC to set up your initial consultation with our firm. We can answer any questions you have about seeking workers’ compensation in Arizona and guide you through this often confusing, difficult process.