Phoenix Workplace Injury Lawyers
Approximately 3 million people suffer work-related injuries and illnesses each year in the United States. Thousands die from such injuries. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, or if you have a work-related illness, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer and from contractors, property owners and others.
Black Wynn is a personal injury law firm in Phoenix, Arizona dedicated to helping those who are injured or who suffer illnesses from a variety of causes. In the case of job injuries, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, but there are often additional remedies available, including claims against other entities or persons.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, or if you have suffered a work-related illness, contact Black Wynn today. Our attorneys will fight to get you the damages you deserve, and your initial consultation is free.
Workers’ Compensation Claims
If you suffer a work-related injury or illness, you are entitled to file a claim under Arizona’s workers’ compensation law. “Workers’ comp” is a type of “no fault” system under which a worker who is injured may receive medical and compensation benefits regardless of who caused the injury. This may make it easier to collect an award in some cases, but there are limits on any recovery. Specifically, you are not entitled to sue for pain and suffering. Claims are funded under the state’s workers’ compensation insurance program, and all employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance.
While a claim under workers’ compensation may be made regardless of who is negligent or otherwise at fault, questions still remain concerning (a) whether the accident or illness is job-related, (b) the amount of the medical benefits, and (c) whether temporary or permanent compensation will be awarded. As a result, it is advisable to consult with an experienced workplace injuries lawyer concerning your claim.
Claims Against Third Parties
A workers’ comp claim may provide some limited benefits for an injury; however, there may be additional remedies available to you. Here are some examples in which a claim may be brought against another party outside the workers’ comp framework:
Motor vehicle accidents
If you are driving while engaged in a work-related activity, and you are injured in a collision, you may be entitled to bring a claim against another driver involved in the accident. This applies whether you drive regularly as part of your job, or if the accident occurs while you are on your way to a meeting with a customer or engaged in another work-related task.
Construction site accidents
Construction accidents are the most common cause of workplace injuries. While your claim against your employer may be limited to workers’ compensation benefits, you may be entitled to make a claim against third parties who were responsible for your injury due to their negligence. This includes subcontractors on the job.
Product liability claims
Factories and other workplaces often expose workers to dangerous products and machinery. If you are injured because of a defect in a machine, for example, you may have a claim against the manufacturer or supplier of that equipment.
If your work-related injury was due to a slip and fall accident, whether the cause was a torn carpet, an uneven floor, or some other dangerous condition, you may have a claim against the property owner, or the person or entity that occupies the premises.
After being injured in a job-related accident, you may need medical treatment. If the doctor, hospital or other facility or medical personnel exacerbate or fail to properly diagnose or treat your condition, they may be held liable for medical malpractice.
As these examples demonstrate, there are often third-party liability claims that may be asserted. Despite the limitations on recovery in a workers’ compensation case, these claims could provide you with an additional source for the recovery of damages, including damages for pain and suffering.
In addition to injuries suffered in job-related accidents, many people become ill due to conditions at their workplace. Some of these illnesses are curable within a relatively short period of time, but others are chronic and/or incurable. Here are some examples, along with some of the types of workers who may be exposed to the particular illness:
- Exposure to asbestos. Construction workers, demolition workers.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome. Office workers
- Chronic back problems. Warehouse workers, drivers.
- Toxic fume exposure. Oil rig workers, drivers.
- Repetitive stress injuries. Assembly line workers, garment industry workers.
- Laborers, factory workers, office workers.
- Heart attack. Laborers, office workers, construction workers.
- Hearing loss. Demolition workers.
- Vision loss. Welders, factory workers.
These types of illnesses may affect factory workers, construction workers, office workers, drivers and people in virtually every employment position. If you suffer from one of these or a similar work-related injury, you may have a claim not only against your employer (workers’ comp), but also against third parties who may be responsible.
Job-Related Accident Attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona
Of the millions of people injured as the result of job-related accidents and unsafe conditions, many do not understand their rights. At Wynn Black, our goal is to discover all possible claims in your case, and to pursue those claims to maximize your recovery. Contact us to speak to an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney.
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