Frequently Asked Questions About Workers' Compensation

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The process to obtain workers' compensation can be complicated. If you have questions after you are injured at work, you are not alone. Some of the most common questions we receive include:

What should I do after a work injury?

If you are injured on the job, you should:

  • Report the injury to your supervisors immediately. This is an essential step, because it is necessary to establish evidence that an accident in the workplace was the cause of your injury.
  • Obtain treatment for your injuries. Receiving medical attention is important to take care of your injuries. A doctor can offer a professional opinion that links your injury to your work.
  • Contact an attorney. An experienced attorney can help you file your claim with the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA), as well as help you understand and protect your rights. We will fight for you from the moment of your injury, until you recover your full benefits.

Can I see my own doctor?

Yes, but not at the first visit. The employer's insurance company, who is responsible for paying your compensation, will normally require you to see a doctor of their choosing first. They use the records of this first visit to determine what benefits you qualify for. After this first visit, then you can see your own doctor for treatment, as long as the employer cannot direct care. We can help you determine this and can refer you to physicians who will listen to you.

What happens if the insurance companies want me to go back to work before I have recovered?

Unfortunately, many insurance companies are more concerned with increasing their own profit than they are with your well-being. This means that they cut your benefits and force you to return to work before you are healed.

If this is the case, there are options available. However, every situation is unique. That is why it is important to speak with a lawyer to understand your individual rights and obligations, so you can protect your benefits.

Talk To An Attorney Today To Find Answers To Your Questions

After you are hurt at work, you may be uncertain about your future. At Rios Law Firm PLLC, we are here to advocate for you and answer any questions you may have. Contact us online or call our Phoenix office today at 602-237-6265 to arrange your free consultation.

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