Many Arizona injured workers who are hurt based on the actions of a negligent third-party (someone who does not work for your company) will hire a personal injury attorney to sue the party at fault. At the same time, the injured worker will receive workers' compensation benefits from an insurance carrier.
Unfortunately, some injured workers fail to hire a workers' compensation attorney, and as a result, their rights to compensation are severely affected. If an injured worker is hurt by another party and does not file a lawsuit against that party within the first year of the injury, he or she may never be able to sue the other party. In the second year, the workers' compensation insurance carrier is assigned the right to sue the third-party if the injured worker does not take action in the first year. When this happens, the only way to win back the right to sue the third-party is to obtain a reassignment from the workers' compensation insurance carrier.
However, the workers' compensation insurance carrier is not required to provide a reassignment. This is why it is crucial to have the legal representation of an attorney who practices workers' compensation law on your side at this time; it's not enough to simply hire a personal injury lawyer, as he or she may not be as familiar with the intricacies of workers' compensation law, especially as it pertains to reassignments.
At the Fendon Law Firm, P.A., we've been handling workers' compensation claims in Arizona since 1972. With more than 50 years of combined experience among us, our top-rated lawyers are well-equipped to help with your workers' compensation reassignment.
Please feel free to call our office for a free consultation with a
Phoenix workers' compensation lawyer from the team. After careful review of your workplace injury / accident, we can better advise you on how to move forward. We would also be happy to provide you with a referral to an Arizona personal injury attorney as well.