Arizona workers’ compensation system is intended to provide a quick remedy for injured workers by paying for all of the required medical care and a percentage of the injured worker’s lost wages. Workers’ compensation benefits are distinct from social security disability benefits, because workers’ compensation law requires that the injury arise out of and in the course of the claimant’s work while social security disability provides benefits to those who meet the criteria proving they are disabled, regardless of how the disability or injury occurred.
Eligibility For Workers’ Compensation
Eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits hinges upon whether you are able to prove the injury is work related or not. This is usually easiest when an accident happens at your normal place of business while performing work duties. It is, however, also possible to prove your entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries that develop over time as a result of repetitive work stress, or for injuries that manifest year later as a result of exposure to toxins at work. Activities that have a combined personal and work relationship can also be covered, depending upon consideration of various factors. Proving entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits in such cases is more challenging and the assistance of a qualified Arizona workers’ compensation attorney will likely be required.
It is important to note, however, that under no circumstances do you need to prove your employer was negligent in order to receive workers compensation benefits. This is because Arizona workers’ compensation is a no fault system and no negligence is required for an employer to be responsible for a work injury.
Contact An Arizona Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Learn more about Arizona Workers’ compensation benefits, call an Arizona workers’ compensation attorney at Schiffman Law Office, P.C. at (602) 235-0539 for a free consultation.