Umbrella of liability shields employee, trust fund

Workers' right to compensation for on-the-job injuries is enshrined in the Arizona Constitution. State laws are likewise protective of injured workers. A recent Arizona Court of Appeals case demonstrates the worker-friendly nature of the law in the common context of a construction worksite with many layers of contractors and subcontractors. The case, Menos Construction v. Reyes, is likely to rattle the Arizona workers' compensation insurance market for months to come as its implications become clear.

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