Showing posts with label Tucson Office. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tucson Office. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The ramifications of receiving medical care in rural communities

Special Considerations for Workers’ Compensation Cases in Rural Arizona

The ramifications of receiving medical care in rural communities

By Attorney Brian Weekley, Partner
Snow, Carpio & Weekley, PLC

Snow, Carpio & Weekley handles cases all over the State of Arizona. We have full time offices in Phoenix and Tucson. We also have dedicated office space in Yuma and Flagstaff. We are able to use offices virtually all over the State of Arizona. Because of this statewide presence, we have lots of experience with cases from the state’s smaller communities. there are several peculiarities about these cases that are worth noting.

First, smaller communities do not have the depth or diversity of medical care offered in a larger city.  Your town may have an orthopedic surgeon, but it is unlikely that that surgeon will be subspecialty trained in foot and ankle, upper extremity  or other subspecialties.  

Also, most small town physicians are not fluent in the language of industrial medicine. This is the language that will be applicable throughout the life of your case. Are you stationary? Is there ratable permanent impairment? Do you need supportive medical care? What diagnostic testing is necessary? Is your injury or need for treatment related to your industrial injury? What is the nature of your industrial injury?

In order for you to have as strong a case as possible, your physician must be able to articulate and communicate his or her opinions on these and many other subjects. They must communicate in written reports and also, if necessary, through oral testimony at a hearing at the Industrial Commission of Arizona.  This is exactly why IME physicians ( Independent Medical Examiners) have an advantage over local practitioners. They know the questions and answers. They understand what the Judge is looking for. They know how to build a case with medical evidence. They communicate with their defense attorneys. The sum of these efforts is a smoothly presented case…often against the injured worker.

There are many excellent specialists in our larger urban areas who are fair and willing to “ go to bat” for injured workers. They will provide the same level of testimony as their defense counterparts. This gives parity, or levels the playing field, for injured workers.

There are some very good physicians in rural areas of Arizona. However, a stronger case can usually be made if the injured worker is willing to travel to a seasoned veteran of our industrial medical system. In most cases, the worker is able to choose his or her own physician. The exception is if the worker is employed by a self insured employer. In that case, the employer can direct care.

If you or somebody you know has been injured on the job or is disabled, call our toll-free number at 855-325-4781 for a free consultation in either of our 4 offices or over the phone. You may also get more information on our website at

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Diana Ezrre' Robles joins Snow, Carpio & Weekley, PLC

Snow, Carpio, and Weekley, PLC is proud to announce that
Diana Ezrre' Robles joined our firm in December and will be heading up our Tucson office and handling Workers' Compensation cases.
Read more about Attorney Robles on our website at or contact her through email at

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tucson Work Injury Lawyers

Snow and Carpio opened a Tucson office in August 2010, to serve the needs of those injured on the job in Southern Arizona.  The office is located at 1801 East Broadway, at the corner of Broadway and Campbell (the small building next to the Starbucks). The office is about one mile west of the Industrial Commission of Arizona, where all industrial hearings are held for Southern Arizona. 

The office has been a great benefit for our many clients who come from Douglas, Sierra Vista, Nogales, Rio Rico and the greater Tucson area.  Although we are currently available in the Tucson office by appointment only, we anticipate having a full time staff member working in the office by sometime in the Spring of this year (2011) and a full time attorney by Summer.  As a Tucson native, Alex Carpio was especially excited to open the office. 

Snow and Carpio and Weekley is a law firm dedicated to representing the interests of those injured on the job throughout Central and Southern Arizona.  We are the only workers compensation law firm with offices in both Phoenix and Tucson.  The Tucson office can be reached at (520) 647-9000.