How To File an Arizona Workers’ Comp Claim (Step-by-Step Guide)
Learn about the process involved with filing a worker’s comp claim in Arizona. Includes must-know details to ensure your claim is accepted and you get your money owed.
Report your injuryYour first step to take when filing a worker’s comp claim after getting injured (if it’s non-life threatening) on the job is to verbally report your injury to your supervisor. You should then follow this up with a written account of your injury to both your supervisor and your employer. Do this even if your supervisor says it’s not necessary. In the event your supervisor says they don’t accept written notification, go to your company’s HR department.
In your written statement, be prepared to answer the following questions:
How were you injured? Where were you injured? When were you injured? What was injured? (List any and all body parts you think might be affected.)
Request medical careEven if your injury isn’t life threatening, request medical care. If your injury is a threat to life or limb, seek emergency care immediately. After your life is no longer in danger, you can see your own physician or the physician you’re required to use as directed by your employer.
Talk to an attorneyIf your workers’ comp claim is denied, then you’ll want to contact an experienced Arizona workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. Their first step will be to speak with the insurance company’s adjuster. The best-case scenario is if there was a simple oversight or misunderstanding in the case, and the claim can be settled over the phone.
Request a formal hearingIn the event your workers’ comp insurance company doesn’t reach an agreement, you can request a formal hearing, which is a formal legal proceeding heard by an administrative law judge. Judgements handed down by a judge is binding unless the parties want to appeal.