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Joel Friedman

Joel Friedman

I can help with your work injury claim _ no cost consultation, flexible fees
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Arizona
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Joel F Friedman has been representing injured workers in claims for Arizona workers' compensation benefits for about 35 years, and he was certified as a specialist in workers' compensation law from October 1993 - February 2021. He continues to specialize in work injuries; he accepts complex cases other lawyers often won't take (like work stress, carpal tunnel syndrome, and gradual - repetitive work injuries); and he has been a frequent speaker at national Social Security, State Bar of Arizona, Arizona Trial Lawyers (Arizona Association for Justice), and private organizers, conferences on a variety of subjects, including psychological - neuropsychological evaluations, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), cardiac and cardiovascular disorders, and Medicare benefits. Joel hikes the Arizona deserts, travels where the wind takes him (currently working with small organizations and starting an Arizona non-profit corporation to support women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo), and in a past life was a licensed soccer referee

Practice Area
    Workers' Compensation
Additional Practice Area
  • Medicare Set Aside (MSA) trusts
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  • Free Consultation
    I am available to review medical and case documents, at no charge, to decide what services I may be able to offer, and what fees would be charged. I will then schedule a telephone or in-person meeting to review your case
  • Contingent Fees
    I am able to take most Arizona work injury claims on contingencies, so there is no charge for my time until and unless there is a recovery. Legal and case expenses must be reimbursed regardless of the result, pursuant to the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct. Medicare Set Aside (MSA) case contracts depend on the specifics
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Fees are dependent on the specific nature of your case, and where you are in the process. I may be able to offer discounted fees to police and fire department employees, union workers, and veterans applying for Arizona work injury.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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9th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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US District Court - Arizona
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  • Spanish: Written
Professional Experience
- Current
New law office after 28 years with firm of Jerome, Gibson, Stewart
Director, Arizona Workers' Compensation Division
Cruz & Associates, PC
I managed the work injury section of the Phoenix Cruz office. I supervised an associate attorney and 3 paralegals, including for administrative claims and court cases at the Industrial Commission of Arizona
Jerome, Gibson, Stewart, Friedman, Stevenson, Engle, & Runbeck, PC
Villanova University School of Law
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Franklin & Marshall College
B.A. | Business Management
Activities: Chi Phi Fraternity 1974 - 1977 Men's Soccer 1973 - 1974
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State University of New York - College at New Paltz
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Outstanding New Attorney Volunteer
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
For contributions to offering pro bono legal services to the Valley's homeless community
Professional Associations
Arizona State Bar
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Arizona Association for Justice (Arizona Trial Lawyers)
- Current
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National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR)
Activities: Council of Past Presidents 2002 - present President 2001 - 2002 Advocacy Committee Chair
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Certified specialist in workers' compensation law
State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
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86 Questions Answered
Q. Can I receive a lump sum?
A: YOUR QUESTION: My husband died while on the job in the 80s while working in Freeport in az. Am I able to receive a lump sum? I was never given the option. I only receive $67 a month. How would I go about asking and receiving. Would this also affect my social security.

ANSWER: Your widow's (technically death) benefits from Arizona workers' compensation (WC) have no effect on your Social Security benefits, especially if you are receiving old age (over full retirement age of 65-67 depending on your birth year) survivor's or retirement benefits. There is no legal right to a lump sum payment of Arizona WC widow's benefits unless you have remarried, in which case it's mandatory. You can always ask the company paying your WC widow's benefits (I'm suspecting your husband was working at Freeport-McMoran, a self-insured mining company), and you should expect the payout to be substantially discounted, not just the same monthly payment over your life expectancy (which is set generally by the US government or Industrial Commission of Arizona). You will also need to find out if the benefits you receive now are from an annuity purchased as a substitute for your widow's WC benefits, because that would very likely complicate if not preclude a lump sum settlement. Arizona WC is very different from California and Nevada, so the answers you got from the other lawyers are mostly wrong (like the circumstances of your husband's death about 40 years ago, which has nothing to do with anything now) and very much incomplete. You should be able to find a qualified Arizona WC specialist lawyer to get answers to your questions ... Read More
Q. Can a lay witness testimony be accepted if the defendant lawyer never submitted an discovery or name of the lay witnes
A: The short answer is probably yes, especially if you or your lawyer never asked for a witness list. There is no requirement that a witness is subpoenaed, they can be walked in as long as the ALJ agrees there is enough time or a supplemental hearing can be scheduled
Q. I worked for two different jobs and both I have not been paid for now I'm getting a run around on both
A: Good afternoon. You are on a question page for workers' compensation cases, claims for benefits related to a work injury. You are describing a basic employment, wage and hour, issue. You should ask your same question to a different group of lawyers at Justia, specifically under a category for employment law
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Joel F Friedman, Esq
P.O. Box 10037
Phoenix, AZ 85064
Cell: (602) 540-6366
Fax: (602) 777-3599
Monday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: I am available by telephone and email weekdays and most Saturdays. I answer calls and reply when I am not already on a project or in court. I prefer email or text messages to voice mail
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