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Under Arizona Worker’s Compensation laws, workers injured on the job in Arizona are entitled to statutory benefits (medical expenses, temporary disability benefits, etc.). Because of workers comp, injured workers do not have the right to make negligence claims against their employers for the full extent of their damages, such pain and suffering, disfigurement or emotional upset.
Ortega Law does not handle worker’s compensation claims against an injured worker’s employer. If you have such a claim, we’ll be happy to help direct you to an attorney who does.
Instead, we direct our efforts to claims where the accident was caused in whole on in part by someone other than the injured worker and his/her employer.
Many federal and state safety regulations (such as OSHA) apply to job sites. When an accident has been caused by the negligence of a general contractor for having an unsafe worksite or a subcontractor (not the employer of the injured person), a case can be made for the full value of an injured worker’s claim.
At Ortega Law, our years of representing injured workers tells us that job site safety is often sacrificed for speed and maximized profits. Working with safety experts, we often find regulations have been ignored or violated. Violations of this nature can form a solid basis for making claims for the injury or death of a worker.
Our experience in these cases also tells us that some employers take advantage of cheap and unskilled labor in Arizona, putting such workers on a job site without proper safety training or equipment. On crowded job sites, this makes for a dangerous condition with the potential for serious injury and death.
In one such case, a large contractor recruited a workforce of more 250 employees, 90% of whom were undocumented and had little training. They also had no safety equipment. Employees were solicited to come from Mexico because the employer knew undocumented workers were less likely to complain of conditions. On the first day of his new job, a young worker was sent atop a tall housing complex to lay sheets of plywood. With no safety equipment, he fell three stories. The fall rendered him a quadriplegic. The contractor took the position that the man must have been a trespasser! After our thorough investigation uncovered the truth, the contractor was held responsible for the injuries.
If you have a construction site, claim, contact us today to see how we may be able to help you.
Ortega Law Firm
Address: 361 E Coronado Rd, Suite 101
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1525
Tel: (602) 386-4455