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Q: My name is Danielle. I have a question about unemployment and needing representation for an appeal.

I stopped receiving benefits back in October because of trying to verify with id.me and it took 3 months to complete and then at which time I was informed that an adjudicator was assigned to my claim. I was found monetarily ineligible based on non fraud issue and disqualified. I submitted my... Read more »

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Aug 14, 2021

I wanted to let you know your question was posted to a workers' compensation website, very different than unemployment benefits (UIB). I personally do not have an answer about your pandemic benefits claim and I don't know if you are eligible for some UIB payment even without having worked... Read more »

Q: I’m a teacher, and the administration gave out my number to a student without my permission. What should I do?

The student contacted me and I blocked them right away.

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on May 2, 2021

My practice is limited work injury cases, a specific part of employment law. Your concern appears to be an issue of employment privacy and it is not something I am able to provide advice. I suggest you look for an attorney whose practice is more directly employment law, if you do not hear back... Read more »

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Q: Hi I'm subcontractor I have my LLC i don't have employees just my self I need carry workescomp by az law?
Tim Rose
Tim Rose answered on Feb 5, 2021

Under Arizona law, employers with one or more full-time or part-time employees must secure workers’ compensation insurance. An LLC can choose whether to cover a Member or not.

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Q: Does my employer need to pay me a profit share after I left the company?

My employer promised my salary is $16 per hour plus 10% of net profits. However, my employment was terminated last week

I left this company was because I was exposed to someone with covid and I told my boss that I was not going to work just to keep everyone safe, then he said I abandoned my... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jan 26, 2021

In most circumstances, the payment of an employee's compensation cannot be dependent on the employer's satisfaction with job performance, you either earn it or not. However, bonuses are different. So this depends on whether your compensation of 10% is part of salary or a bonus. You... Read more »

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Q: 3 Employees are driving to work in a company truck. A Lady ran a red light causing injuries to 3 employees-Workers Comp?

3 Employees were commuting to work in a Company Vehicle. These employees did not stop for any work related errands. They were headed to work from their Hotel. Another Driver made a left turn on a Red Light causing a collision with injuries. Does the company have to file a workers comp. claim. The... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 23, 2021

An Arizona attorney could advise best here, but your question remains open for two weeks. As for the personal injury attributes of the accident, those would be handled as third-party injury claims in most any jurisdiction. But from what you describe, it sounds like there really isn't a... Read more »

Q: Fired for restraining an out of control fellow worker I was assaulted by at work in front of management. Days after.

Management deleted hours work prior to terminations.

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Nov 25, 2020

More facts are needed to analyze your situation. Arizona is an at will employment state, meaning you can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all. The only protection you can usually get from a legal standpoint is if the termination is based on your race, religion, sex, etc.

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Q: I was denied sick time because I need to be scheduled on the day I was sick. Is that right?

I requested a few days off for a minor surgery just over a month ago. It was denied because they say i have to be scheduled on the days I want off in order to get paid sick time. At the time I first requested the days the schedule wasn't made yet.

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Sep 9, 2020

This is not a workers' compensation issue, it's related to your employment. You will need to find an attorney who accepts employment benefits cases and, in the meantime, you may want to ask your employer for a copy of any employee handbook or manual that has information about your leave... Read more »

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Q: If I am on workers comp, and my current employer cannot work with my work restrictions,what is the issue for new job?

New company, not current employer that I injured while working for them

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Jul 21, 2020

Good afternoon and thank you for your question. You are entitled to disability payments anytime you are off work, whether it is for the company where you were injured or another employer after that. You should notify the insurance company and you should be given a form to fill out whether you are... Read more »

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Q: My dad was forced to go to a meeting, can he sue his company?

My dad's company recently held a meeting and forced all their employees to attend. No one in the room was wearing a mask or practiced social distancing, and the company have been negligent since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in their regard for the safety of their employees. They are a... Read more »

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on May 14, 2020

Thank you for posting your question here. The issue you present is going to be common I suspect, and from my perspective as a workers' compensation (WC) attorney (I do not practice in any of the other three areas mentioned in the post) I think it is going to be difficult to qualify for... Read more »

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Q: Claimant reported injury, supervisor failed to submit employer report of injury. 6 7 months after supervisor no longer

with company, an employee and employer was submitted. Commission informed carrier of claim. 21 days passed carrier did not submit acceptance or denial of claim. what are the claimants options?

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Apr 23, 2020

Hello, thank you for your question. If you are off work and the insurance company did not accept or deny the claim then they are supposed to pay you until the claim is denied if that's what's going to happen. If you have medical bills those have to be paid also until something is done... Read more »

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Q: Hello. I was injured at work. Was put on light duty 4 hours or so per day. Apts are scheduled by dr office during work

I was told by workers comp that I will not be paid when I go to doctor's appointments during work hours

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Apr 17, 2020

Good evening, thank you for your question. I am not sure why the doctor's office cannot arrange appointments around your work schedule, unless the work schedule changes from week to week. If you work in the morning then the doctor should schedule an appointment in the afternoon, and the... Read more »

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Q: Workers Comp and returning to work. Im still in pain

Ben off 5 months with comp, My Dr says sedentary work restrictions in Jan. Ins company wanted 2nd opinion that Dr said the same thing sedentary duty. 2 weeks later IME Dr thew me under the bus and said I have 0% on report for all areas of any kind. Boss says get to work by Monday morn. Id... Read more »

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Mar 7, 2020

The answer is not a simple yes or no and it depends first on what your injury is, what your regular job is, where you were working when you were injured, who has been your treating doctor, who you believe was a "second opinion" doctor, and who the IME was. It is very rare in AZ to have an... Read more »

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Q: Im on sedentary work and my WC stopped. If Im stuck like this what happens? Full abdominal reconstruction. IME next.

I never received change of status other than the original claim acceptance. I have started to work at non profit for 2 weeks and have not been paid. Ive seen a second Dr by Comp Ins request last week and Scheduled for an IME in another week. Its going on six months since surgery. Surgeon said... Read more »

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Feb 18, 2020

Good morning, your question came in late last night. I am confused about your case history, the part about having seen as second insurance doctor last week and scheduled for another insurance examination next week. I can review the claim with you, at no cost, so you have a better understanding what... Read more »

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Q: My surgeon released me light duty, must I take back 2work program non profit or can I find my own job?

I still dont feel better.

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Feb 2, 2020

Hello, thanks for your inquiry. That's a good question - I would advise against looking for different work than what you are being offered. The nonprofit place is more likely to accept your limitations from the doctor who put you out on light duty and if not you have a direct contact to your... Read more »

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Q: JAN 2019, I STARTED WORKING ON THE 14TH AND SIGNED ON FOR A GUARANTEED PAY FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF 35K THAT CHANGED IN JUL

JULY OF 2019 TO THE AMOUNT OF 45K WHAT AM I OWED FOR THE GUARANTEED PAY?

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Jan 18, 2020

I'm not sure what questions you have and this is not part of my practice area (I only represent people with work injury claims) so my answers should not be relied on to determine what rights you may have - it appears from your question that you received a raise as of July 2019. Your monthly... Read more »

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Q: Can I still get compensation if I didn't seek medical attention right away?

I injured my back at work nearly a year ago. At the time, I thought it was minor, so I didn't report it or seek medical attention. However, months later, it is still causing pain and limiting my activities at and outside of work. I realize in hindsight that it was more severe than I had... Read more »

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Nov 19, 2019

You have one year from the date of the injury to file a claim at the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA). You can still do that if you are actually less than 365 days out. The more serious problem from your message is that you did not report the incident or what you thought might be an injury,... Read more »

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Q: I got injured on the job 30ft fall. I’m on workman’s Comp. Is there a case for not supplying safety equipment.

Broke foot, pelvis, arm, L4&5, and dislocated shoulder. Company didn’t offer safety harness. Which they have implemented now after my accident. Also concerned about my future that I might not be able to return to the position and future pain and surgery and loss of mobility.

Freddy Saavedra
Freddy Saavedra answered on Oct 15, 2019

To address your first question, in Arizona an injured employee who is receiving worker's compensation benefits is normally barred from bringing a personal injury claim against his employer. While it is possible for said employee to bring a lawsuit against his employer, these lawsuits are very... Read more »

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Q: Live in caregiver and client’s son verbally agreed upon a set payment amount and schedule but still hasn’t been paid.

I was asked by a friend to move to Arizona from San Diego into his mother’s house to be hired as her live in caregiver. Her son and I agreed to a set rate and payment schedule, and verbally confirmed our agreement several times, and though I’ve been here for 4 months now, I haven’t been paid... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Sep 13, 2019

You would need to file a small claims action. It will need to be filed in Arizona, which may be difficult if you move it and move back to Cali.

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Q: If a worker calls a nurse triage line to report an injury but refuses a triage, is there any liability on the nurse if

something happens later in relation to that initial injury? Technically the nurse/patient relationship starts as soon as a nurse answers the phone but a patient has the right to refuse treatment in any other setting.

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Sep 12, 2019

Thank you for the question, but I don't think it has anything to do with a workers' compensation claim. The issue is more related to liability of a healthcare provider when the "patient" does not accept treatment in the first place. The general rule is that the provider is... Read more »

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Q: Does my employer have a legal right to attend my workman's comp. Dr's appointment?
Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Mar 20, 2019

No, your employer is not permitted to attend your actual medical appointments. The insurance company can hire a nurse case manager to help coordinate medical care but even that person does not have to be allowed in the room with you and your doctor(s). Feel free to call, no charge, to review more... Read more »

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