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Keep A Job Open?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31, 2017

Many times I am asked if an employer has to keep a job open for you while you are out on work comp recovering.  The short answer is probably not.  The Az Work Comp Law does not tell the employer what they can or cannot do.  Meaning, if you can’t work full-time or full-duty, they Read More…

POST – TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2017

Recently, I have had several Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder cases come to me.  Also known as PTSD, this disorder can be extremely debilitating and takes many people out of the job force.  This affects people in all sorts of jobs, but many first-responders seem to have it quite often for obvious reasons. Many times people get Read More…

ACTIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2017

In Arizona, workman’s comp. gives you benefits for as long as you need “active medical treatment.”  That means treatment that is intended to improve your condition.  The insurance company will often times send you to one of their doctors to see if you still need it.  This is commonly called an Independent Medical Exam, or Read More…

KILLED ON THE JOB

Posted in Uncategorized on December 17, 2016

Death on the Job Workplace accidents can be life-changing.  There is nothing more life-changing than a worker that gets killed on the job.  This affects everything.  If your spouse was killed on the job, you have rights.  If the deceased worker has children, they have rights too.  Don’t assume that it is not work-related simply Read More…

Workmans Comp Deposition-Your Rights During The Process

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2016

Deposition What is a deposition and do I have to go?  A deposition is a chance for the opposing attorney to ask you questions.  There will be a court reporter taking down everything that is said.  They are allowed to do this and if you refuse to go, you could be thrown out or court Read More…

Findings and Award for Unscheduled Permanent Partial Disability

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2016

What does a Findings and Award for Unscheduled Permanent Partial Disability mean?  Other than being a summary of your work injury, this is a very important document.  Worker’s comp. may pay you if you  have permanent lost wages due to your injury.  This document is what the Industrial Commission has determined about your permanent lost wages.  Read More…

Employee Rights

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2015

What Is My Employer Required To Do? Many people call wanting to know how to force their employer to do something like offer then a light-duty job.  Unfortunately, the Arizona Worker’s Comp. System does not tell an employer what they can or cannot do.  However, that does not affect your rights to lost wages or Read More…

Mileage Reimbursement in Workers Comp.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 2, 2015

Am I Entitled to Mileage Reimbursement? The short answer is probably not.  In general, the only times you are entitled to reimbursement is if you have to travel outside of your county to get medical treatment.  If you have to go to an Independent Medical Exam set up by the insurance company, then they must Read More…

Medical Disagreement

Posted in Uncategorized on November 2, 2015

What if two doctors who have seen me, don’t agree on my treatment or my condition? Usually, the reason that there are two doctors is because the insurance company has sent you for an IME. (Independent Medical Exam).  In those cases, the insurance company will do whatever their IME doctor said.  This is despite the Read More…

Am I an Independent Contractor?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2015

Only “employees” are covered under workers’ compensation. However, the definition of an employee is definitely not set in stone.  Many people think they are independent contractors because their bosses tell them so.  No so under the law.  The law says you look at the particular circumstances in each case.  There are no hard and fast Read More…