Prescott Workers’ Compensation Lawyer with Experience
Not many law firms handle workers’ compensation defense cases for uninsured employers. At Hendrickson & Palmer, we aggressively represent Prescott 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. Less than five percent of all active members of the Arizona State Bar Association are Board Certified.
How Hendrickson & Palmer Can Help You!
Our Prescott 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. 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. Hendrickson & Palmer will assist the uninsured employer in building a defense through the most cost-effective means. Numerous defenses can be raised on behalf of the employer but only an experienced workers’ compensation attorney defending uninsured employers will have the knowledge to recognize each defense.
Choosing the Right Workers’ Compensation Attorney
An uninsured employer who is facing the workers’ compensation Special Fund is in a difficult position that requires experienced and creative solutions. Hendrickson & Palmer regularly represents uninsured employers and it is our goal to minimize the consequences that arise out of a workers’ compensation injury. With proper legal assistance, it is often possible to minimize and sometimes completely eliminate the pending penalties and fines. Whether you speak Spanish or English, regardless of your legal status, we are here to serve you. Our staff speaks both English and Spanish. Attorney Adam Palmer is Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. Less than five percent of all active members of the Arizona State Bar Association are Board Certified. We specialize in finding solutions in the face of seemingly impossible odds.
When to Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
In order to minimize exposure, Prescott uninsured employers should consult with an attorney immediately upon learning of a claim against them. The corporate shield or a bankruptcy filing may not protect you or your business from personal liability. 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 us today to learn your rights!
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