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Joel Friedman

Joel Friedman

I can help with your work injury claim _ no cost consultation, flexible fees
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Arizona
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&AResponsive Law

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 and State Bar of Arizona 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 wherever the wind takes him, and in a past life was a licensed soccer referee

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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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
Certified specialist in workers' compensation law
State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
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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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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  • 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.
Practice Area
    Workers' Compensation
Additional Practice Area
  • Medicare Set Aside (MSA) trusts
  • Spanish: Written
Legal Answers
Q. What is the penalty, if any, in AZ for failure to abide by a judicially approved stipulation in a work comp case?
A: Thank you for your inquiry. There is no automatic right to the same medical benefits permanently and there is no automatic penalty. if benefits are being denied the first option is to request a hearing investigation under ARS 23 1061J. The industrial commission will send a notice to the insurance company, which will have an opportunity to explain why the benefits are not being covered. The insurance company may have a medical opinion that the medical equipment is no longer necessary but it would be unusual for them to get away saying it is not necessary from the work injury if there was an agreement earlier that it was. Unusual and not impossible. If there is no resolution the industrial commission will schedule a hearing and take testimony from the injured worker and the healthcare providers, including the doctor who ordered the equipment and any doctor who disagrees with that order. This also may be an opportunity to settle out future medical benefits and how that happens will depend on many many factors including the age of the injured worker, the actual nature and extent of the injuries, and if the worker is now eligible for Medicare. The issue is eligibility and not actual enrollment in Medicare so again it gets very complicated. The injured worker should contact a lawyer, especially if they had one before for the case.
Q. My name is Danielle. I have a question about unemployment and needing representation for an appeal.
A: I wanted to let you know your question was posted to a workers' compensation website, very different than unemployment benefits (UIB). I personally do not have an answer about your pandemic benefits claim and I don't know if you are eligible for some UIB payment even without having worked in many years - you may be thinking of the personal payment. I am not able to give you an answer, I am not aware of attorneys who accept unemployment or general pandemic benefits claims in Arizona, and you may want to resubmit your question more specifically about employment law if there is not a category for UIB.
Q. I’m a teacher, and the administration gave out my number to a student without my permission. What should I do?
A: My practice is limited work injury cases, a specific part of employment law. Your concern appears to be an issue of employment privacy and it is not something I am able to provide advice. I suggest you look for an attorney whose practice is more directly employment law, if you do not hear back here. You can contact me directly and I may be able to send you a referral, but no guarantee.
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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 (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday: Closed
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