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Workplace Injuries

Work Injury Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ

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Phoenix workplace injury lawyers offering free case evaluations to victims throughout the greater Tucson, Glendale and East Valley areas.

Workplaces are regulated and are supposed to be safe for employees and visitors. Employers owe a duty to their employees to maintain a safe and hazard-free working environment. When that duty is violated and an injury results that was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of that violation, than the elements of a basic negligence action exist. The Phoenix, AZ workplace accident attorneys at Wattel & York have successfully settled or tried more than 13,000 cases for clients, including workplace injury and worker’s compensation cases.

A personal injury action may seek to recover the following compensation:

  • Past and future medical and hospital expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of wages
  • Loss of future income
  • Property damage
  • Other non-economic damages


In Arizona, employees are protected by worker’s compensation insurance, which covers injuries and/or disability sustained on the job. According to local labor bureau statistics, the most hazardous industries in the state include construction, transportation, trade and utilities, mining and natural resources.Worker’s comp is designed to pay for lost wages, hospital stays, surgeries, medical bills and rehabilitation regardless of who was to blame for the accident and resulting injury. If the employee’s workplace injuries are fatal, these insurance benefits will extend to the immediate family and dependents of the victim.

In practice, workman’s compensation coverage is sometimes enough to cover minor workplace injuries. Unfortunately, when serious accidents occur and workers are left with permanent disabilities, this compensation is far from adequate. As families struggle with rising medical bills, lost wages during recovery, and the emotional turmoil of such an event, many are placed on the brink of financial disaster. Moreover, it’s not unusual for employers and their insurance companies to undercut your claim, rather than ensure your best interests come first.

Since the legalities of on-the-job injuries in Arizona are so complex, it’s best to speak with a lawyer who specializes in workplace injury before signing a settlement agreement. Here at Wattel & York, our legal team of attorneys will review the various factors that determine the real value of your case, to help you make a more informed decision.


Employers have a legal duty to ensure a safe work environment that is free of dangers and foreseeable hazards. Injuries commonly reported on the job include:

  • Falls from heights
  • Slips and fall accidents
  • Overexertion – lifting, pushing, pulling holding, carrying
  • Struck by objects
  • Struck against object
  • Caught in/compressed by
  • Repetitive motion injury
  • Machine entanglement
  • Electrical shocks and burns
  • Assaults, violent acts
  • Auto accidents

Statistically, slips and falls or harm caused by the manual lifting of heavy objects are the main culprits of workplace injuries, and construction workers are the most vulnerable due to the hazardous nature of their jobs.The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the tragic death of a 31-year-old construction worker who fell to his death from a stage being built outside the University of Phoenix Stadium. The fatal workplace accident happened on January 15, and it’s still uncertain whether the decedent’s family will pursue a wrongful death claim.

Faced with any type of on-the-job injury, it’s imperative to discuss the details of your case with a qualified workplace accident attorney in Phoenix, AZ in a timely manner. If a personal injury claim is to be filed, it must commence before the statute of limitations expires.


Your employer must follow appropriate federal, state and local guidelines and regulations. If your employer violates those laws and an injury results, you may be able to recover monetary damages in a personal injury lawsuit.

Our veteran legal team represents clients who have suffered injury resulting from:

  • Slippery floor accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Damaged flooring, tiles, carpet
  • Forklift accidents
  • Hazardous building accidents
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Machinery oil and fluid leaks
  • Fallen objects
  • Falls from heights
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Exposure to toxic materials

In instances where a third party – such as a defective product or an independent contractor — contributed to a workplace accident, personal injury law and theories of negligence may be applied. In order to pursue a personal injury claim, our legal team enlists the aid of medical consultants and industry experts who can help us prove liability and ensure victims receive maximum compensation.


Knowing what to do following a serious workplace injury can be extremely confusing. If you or a loved on was injured on the job, Wattel & York Phoenix, AZ workplace accident lawyers can help you understand Arizona worker’s compensation laws and protect your legal rights. We take all new cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there will be no legal costs or fees unless we win compensation on your behalf.

Known for our aggressive advocacy and results-oriented style, our attorneys stand ready to fight for your rights. To schedule your free consultation, please call 877-572-4143 in the greater Phoenix area, or toll-free at (877) 333-9545.

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“Amazing people, they had my claim for about a week before they were able to get my truck totaled out. Otherwise I would have been stuck with a truck that had heavy front end damage if they hadn’t stepped in to help me. I tried to deal with my insurance company myself for over a month and that got me nowhere, all I got was a massive headache and a messed up truck. They are very professional and act quickly on your claim. I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for help.”

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“Thank you so much for all your hard work on our behalf! Thinking I could handle it on my own, I was originally reluctant to take my accident claim to an attorney. But I am SO glad I called you instead. Your people were always helpful, pleasant and responsive at every step along the way. You represented us with honesty and integrity and made a traumatic experience as painless as it could be. And best of all, you helped us get a settlement that was fair and far more than I could ever have negotiated on my own! I highly recommend Wattel &York to anyone who has suffered a personal injury.”

Cathy M.

“I was the passenger in a vehicle that was 'T- Boned' at an intersection in 2014. The issues of responsibility and recovery became a difficult and convoluted confusion. I really needed help. This Team at Wattel and York walked me patiently and encouragingly through difficult months, sorting through issues and finally arriving at a satisfactory conclusion. I especially want to name two great and encouraging "warriors" of Wattel and York who directed me along the way..Brian Torba and Melissa Patterson..to them and the whole team I say "Thank You" with heart felt gratitude. Sincerely, God Bless You.”

Robert G.

“Honesty. Integrity. Transparency. Partnership. Wattel & York brought all of these qualities and more to my accident case. I'd love to thank all of the team members who helped me with the process: David Guzman, who conducted the initial interview in my home, Aly Shomar-Esparza, who seamlessly guided me through paperwork and filings, Debbie Harrach, who conducted final review, paperwork revisions and scheduling, and Thomas Grisoni, who counseled me before and attended my deposition. I never felt alone during the arduous process and always knew there was a professional team looking out for my best interest. I highly recommend Wattel & York if you are unfortunately involved in an accident that was not your fault.”

Russ W.

“I was a passenger in a car that got t-boned a few years ago and got a huge gash. I didn't know a lot about lawyers, so I basically just picked one on the flip of a coin. I called Wattel and York and they explained everything, I went into the office and filled out paperwork. Got treatment on my gash over the time I worked with them, glad I did as it opened back up a couple times and bled. They did really good, got me the maximum amount of money, and made sure I was well taken care of. I was updated from time to time so that was good. The only thing I might change is I never got to thank or talk to my lawyer. I think it was because I was already used to dealing with the lady at their Glendale office so they just kept her as my point of contact. So it's okay, I'll thank them with a good review. The last thing I could say about them is months after I thought my case was over they called me and said they had another check for me for a few hundred dollars. Apparently, they negotiated with the hospital I went to after the accident. It was a nice surprise and shows they really had my interests in mind.”

Trent B.

“Wattel & York has been great for me in the past few years. I was involved in a really bad accident while I was on Active Duty in Yuma, Arizona and they have been patient with me every step of the way through a very long process. I would recommend them to anyone thank you for all your help.”

Levy G.

“Appreciate David taking the time to speak with me. He was most kind. From the front line with the receptionist, to him, the firm was a class act all the way around.”

Claire B.

“Dave Wattel represented me and my son on a Personal Injury case from a motor vehicle accident back in 2009. Jake P. handled my deposition and Dave did the Quarterbacking. The insurance company hired NFL referee Ed Hochuli's firm to try and deny our claim. But Wattel & York made it look as easy as Tom Brady on the football field. The result was more than acceptable and my son and I were compensated for our injuries and rehabilitation. Dave Wattel cares about his clients. If I ever find myself in a situation like this again, Wattel & York will be on speed dial!!”

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