I remember at one of my first hearings held at the Industrial Commission of Arizona, referring to it as a workman’s compensation case. The female judge quickly asked, “Chad, are women not allowed to get injured in Arizona?”
That was my introduction to one of the more interesting discrepancies in the history of Arizona work injury claims.
When the Arizona Workmen’s Compensation Act was first enacted in the 1930s, it was unashamedly called Workmen’s Compensation. However, over time, and with the onset of political correctness, the term slowly changed to Workers’ Compensation.
Workers’ compensation ensures:
- All of the injured employee’s medical expenses are covered
- Some of the missed wages from receiving treatment or during recovery are paid out
- The employee receives the time off they need to recover
This more accepted term was officially codified in the act sometime in the 1990s and today it is more proper to refer to those injured on the job in Arizona as recipients of Workers Compensation.
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For more information about this or other work injury-related claims, contact our attorney group at Snow, Carpio, and Weekley.