On Nov 30, 2015, while employed by CFSS as a Parent Aide for approximately 3 years, I had completed a scheduled visitation with a child and parent and transported the last child back to their designated placement, when I was attacked in the company vehicle by what I can only describe as a pistol that had shot the back window of the vehicle I was driving. At this point, I took action by driving a short distance to the Pima county jail, called 911 and my supervisor and frantically waited for someone to help. From that point till now, I have not been back to work, have done everything in my power to receive any benefits that I may qualify for with no success, have seeked medical/psychological attention to be diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety state and could not perform any of my job functions, including driving. I live in fear for my life and had to move away from Tucson with my parents in McNeal. I was recently terminated from my job, even though I provided all necessary documentation that was asked from me. At this point, I am unemployed, living in fear, financially unstable and unable to acquire any job due to my doctor having yet to release me from his care.
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Mental stress claims in Arizona have additional requirements to be compensable if you suffered no physical injury. The incident must meet the standard of being extreme, extraordinary, and unusual. A gun shot may qualify. Did you file a workers' compensation claim? You only have a one year statute to file. Have you seen a mental health professional? Have you been diagnosed with PTSD or an anxiety disorder that needs treatment? You need to talk to a lawyer about this one.
Hi Crystal, you definitely need to consult with a lawyer about this one. Depending on the status of your claim and the type of health care you require, there may be benefits available to you. In order to evaluate your situation a lawyer will need more information about your medical provider and what they are recommending for treatment and documentation of work restrictions. Gather your documents and seek out legal counsel ASAP. AVVO is a great resource to find qualified attorneys. Good luck.
This answer is intended to provide general information only. It is not intended to provide legal advice. You should contact an attorney who is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a "specialist" in workers' compensation right away before any of your rights are prejudiced. This posting is no substitute for a comprehensive consultation and document review.
You may have rights under the Arizona Workers Compensation system, but the law requires that your claim be reported to the Industrial Commission within one year of when it occurred. From your statement it doesn't seem like the employer ever reported the injury. You can report the injury, and I would recommend talking to an attorney in this practice area to ensure that your rights are protected. Good luck to you!
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