Hands of judge in robes reading opinion The Arizona Supreme Court recently ruled on the issue of assignment of benefits in a workers' comp case. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that Arizona's automatic assignment provision did not apply when an employee received workers' compensation benefits under another state's laws. Rather, the court decided, the law of the state in which an employee's workers' compensation was paid determined the assignment rights of the employer and employee.

The case

Stephanie Jackson, a South Carolina resident, was employed as a semi-truck driver for Drivers Management, LLC, a Nebraska company. Drivers Management contracted with Eagle KMC, LLC, an Arizona company, to provide training for Jackson in Arizona.

In February 2014, Jackson was a passenger in a semi-truck driven by Rachael Hender, an Eagle employee. Jackson was injured in an accident while Hender was driving in Arizona.

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Steven A. Meyerowitz

Steven A. Meyerowitz, a Harvard Law School graduate, is the founder and president of Meyerowitz Communications Inc., a law firm marketing communications consulting company. He may be contacted at [email protected].