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The Duty to “Forthwith Report” An Arizona Work Injury

One of the biggest reasons that Arizona workers compensation claims are denied is that the injured worker fails to report the injury within a timely manner.  Arizona Revised Statutes §23-908(D) states that an employee who suffers an accident “shall forthwith report the accident and the injury resulting therefrom to the employer.”  This allows employers to...

Are My Workers Compensation Benefits Taxable?

One of the most common questions we get around this time of year is:  “Do I need to report my Arizona workers compensation benefits or settlement proceeds to the I.R.S.?”  or, “Are my Arizona Workers Compensation Benefits taxable?” Almost always, the answer is NO!!!  Generally speaking, Workers’ compensation benefits are currently not subject to federal...

Can I Sue My Employer in an Arizona Work injury?

With very few exceptions, a worker injured on the job in Arizona cannot win a suit against their employer for injuries sustained in an on-the-job accident.  Even if the Employer’s negligence contributed to or caused the injury, the worker’s only remedy is usually a workers’ compensation claim.  This is known as the Rule of Exclusivity. ...

Can I Choose My Own Doctor in my Workers Compensation Case?

If you have an Arizona Workers’ Compensation claim and you are treating with a doctor that the insurance company sent you to, you should know that in most cases you have the right to change doctors to a doctor who is independent of the insurance company.  That is a right that the insurance company will...

Arizona Workers Compensation Claims – Do I Need An Attorney?

I heard a joke once that “the problem with lawyers is that it’s the few rotten million that ruin it for the other eleven.”  Even I had to laugh at it.  Consumers are bombarded every day with ads from law firms represented by wild animals, cartoon dogs, and slick haired lawyers promising “aggressive representation.”  Everyone...