Many of our clients ask us if they will get damages for their “pain and suffering” from their Arizona workers compensation claim. The short answer is “no”. Damages in Arizona for work injuries are limited to the full cost of medical bills (everything – surgery, therapy, medications, walkers, crutchers – everything) and compensation for time off work. In many cases, the injured worker qualifies for compensation for their permanent disability, if there is any. But there is no provision in Arizona’s Workers’ Comp Statute for them to be compensated for “Pain and Suffering”.
Of course, if the injury was caused by someone other than your employer or someone working for your employer, you may have a Third Party Personal Injury claim. Either way, you should contact Snow, Carpio, and Weekly to make sure your rights are protected.