The answer to that question is "no." Independent contractors are excluded from work comp by Arizona statute. However, deciding whether or not a person is an independent contractor is not as easy as just examining their employment contract.
Many issues involving independent contractors end up in the higher courts of Arizona, which is the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
If you are wondering whether or not you are truly an independent contractor, the courts will evaluate multiple factors, such as duration of employment, method of payment, the right to hire and fire, who furnishes equipment, whether it is the typical work of that business, and whether the employer controls the details of the work.
Many injured workers in Arizona do not proceed with filing a workers' compensation claim because they assume that they are independent contractors based on their contract alone. This is a mistake on their part and they should consult an experienced workers' compensation attorney before forfeiting their rights when injured on the job.
Please feel free to contact Fendon Law Firm for a free consultation on whether you, the Arizona employee, are or are not an independent contractor. We offer free consultations. We are also family owned and operated, so we promise to treat you like family.