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The state of Arizona, like every other state in the nation, requires that employers provide their workers with a reasonably safe work environment. Regardless of the employers’ due diligence, you are entitled to certain rights when you sustain an on-the-job injury. You are likely eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits – but how do you know for sure? Hiring a Phoenix workers’ compensation attorney is always a good way to know if you qualify, and here at Cruz & Associates, we offer a free initial consultation to determine if you have a case or not – so you have nothing to lose!

Basic Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation in Arizona

The state of Arizona observes three basic eligibility criteria for workers’ compensation benefits:

  • The company you are working for must carry workers’ compensation insurance. Most employers are required to carry an insurance policy or receive a certificate to self-insure.
  • You must be an employee of the company.
  • Your injury or illness must be related to your job, at least in part.

The last eligibility requirement is usually the largest point of contention in workers’ compensation claims. Generally speaking, if you were doing something for the benefit of your employer and sustained an injury as a result, you’re eligible for benefits. However, there are instances in which the law is less clear.

For example, if you hurt your back when lifting a heavy load or developed carpal tunnel syndrome from typing, this would be a clear instance in which to file a workers’ compensation claim. But what if you were picking up a sandwich for your boss on your lunch break, and got into a car accident? What if you were playing in a company softball game outside of your normal job hours? In these instances – when your injury’s connection to your job is less clear – it’s not always easy to ascertain if you’re covered under workers’ compensation. These are ideal instances in which seeking advice from a workers’ compensation attorney is essential.

Cruz & Associates has 25 years of experience in workers’ compensation law. Many of our attorneys are former defense attorneys for insurance companies, so we know how they work. More importantly, we know how they evaluate workers’ compensation claims, which gives us valuable insight into your situation. Contact us to schedule a free review of your legal options.

Arizona Workplace Injury Classifications

You may be able collect workers’ compensation benefits for any range of injuries, including:

  • Physical injuries. This may include, but is not limited to, broken bones, soft tissue injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, herniated discs, or any dysfunction related to your physical function.
  • Disease. Exposure to harmful substances may lead to occupational diseases like mesothelioma, arthritis, hearing conditions, respiratory problems, and more. It’s important to note that your job doesn’t have to cause these ailments – you can also have a pre-existing medical condition that your job exacerbates.
  • Psychological injury. In some cases, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits for a mental or psychological injury that was caused by or exacerbated by your job.

Workers’ compensation claims often require the assistance of an experienced attorney. Contact the workers’ comp lawyers at Cruz and associates to schedule a free initial consultation today.