A ruling in an Arizona appellate court indicated that a neck scar could qualify for a facial or head disfigurement award, something people who have experienced neck injuries might be glad to hear.
The court upheld workers compensation for a truck driver who ended up with a five inch scar on his neck after being sprayed with acid being hauled in his truck. The case was Bulk Transp. v. Industrial Comm’n (Freeman), 1 CA-IC 12-0035 from May 7, 2013.
The workers compensation was awarded based on Arizona’s disfigurement statute that awards injured workers who have sustained permanent disfigurement about the head or face. The court said that the word about includes on all sides, in every direction, and around, and given that one’s neck is near one’s face, it was acceptable under the statute.
What does this mean for injured workers? Those who have experienced neck injuries should seek out legal help from a Phoenix accident attorney, as they may be eligible for an award under the facial and head disfigurement statute, even if the worker has not sustained a permanent neck injury.
If you have been injured at work and your neck is affected, get legal help from a Phoenix workers compensation lawyer right away. The sooner you work to build a case, the faster it may go through the court system, getting you the compensation you deserve.
Facial and head injuries and disfigurements are serious and can have a lifelong impact on those who have experienced the injury. While workers compensation will not bring one back to his or her original injury-free state, it can help pay medical bills, deal with lost wages, and provide for some damages.
A Phoenix accident attorney can give you the legal help you need to sort out what compensation you may be eligible to receive, based on the specifics of your individual situation. By working tie a Phoenix workers compensation lawyer you are more likely to assure you receive all the benefits you are entitled to receive.
Nobody should have to suffer a facial or head injury, but if you do, there are steps you can take to get compensation. Talk to an attorney as soon as possible to get legal help.