Phoenix Workers’ Compensation Lawyer with Experience
Not many law firms handle workers’ compensation defense cases for uninsured employers. At Hendrickson & Palmer, we aggressively represent employers who for one reason or another, failed to carry workers’ compensation insurance and are now facing the loss of significant business and personal assets due to a pending workers’ compensation claim. Our experience helping thousands of injured workers and dealing with the Industrial Commission of Arizona’s Special Fund gives our employer clients the upper hand when defending their claims. We have combined legal experience of over 60 years. Attorney Adam Palmer is Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization.
How Hendrickson & Palmer Can Help You!
Our legal team will investigate the claim of the employee while determining if the employer is in fact uninsured. In some cases, we are able to discover insurance, while in others, we can help the employer establish new insurance. If an uninsured business does not actively defend the case nor voluntarily offer benefits, the case goes to the Arizona workers’ compensation court system. The costs associated with these complex legal issues can single handedly destroy a business. Many of the clients our Firm represents are small businesses and sole proprietors in contracting and manufacturing professions. With proper legal assistance, it is often possible to minimize and sometimes eliminate the pending penalties and fines. We specialize in finding solutions in the face of seemingly impossible odds.
Choosing the Right Workers’ Compensation Attorney
No matter your residence status, documented or undocumented, Spanish speaking or English, the legal team at Hendrickson & Palmer is ready to help you! Our insurance defense legal team are bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English. Attorney Adam Palmer is Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. It costs no more to hire a Certified Specialist than it does to hire an attorney who does not have this highly respected certification. Less than five percent of all active members of the Arizona State Bar Association are Board Certified. It does make a difference who you choose as your attorney through the workers’ compensation claims process.
When to Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Failing to carry workers’ compensation insurance carries grave consequences for employers whose employees are injured on the job. Employers who violate the Arizona Workers’ Compensation Act by failing to have workers’ compensation insurance can face fines and/or imprisonment. Under A.R.S. §23-932, failing to maintain workers’ compensation insurance is a Class 6 felony. In addition to criminal liability, an uninsured employer may be assessed a civil penalty of $1,000.00 for failure to obtain workers’ compensation insurance, whether or not an employee files a workers’ compensation claim. The penalty is increased to $5,000.00 for a second instance of being uninsured and $10,000.00 for a third offense. Since the State must pay the claims for uninsured employers through the Special Fund, the Fund will seek reimbursement from the uninsured employer for any benefits paid to the injured worker plus a penalty of 10% of the benefits paid or $1,000.00, whichever is greater. Call our office today for a free consultation and let us help fight your case and protect your assets.
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