The Eley Law Firm in Denver, Colorado, helps people who have been injured at work, walking them through the workers' compensation process and helping them get the benefits they need and deserve. The workers' compensation process can be confusing and overwhelming. Read the information below or visit our Questions People Ask Us page. Otherwise, contact us for specific answers to your questions.
I was injured at work. What should I do next?
One of the most important things you must do after being injured on the job is to report the injury to your employer. Do not delay. The longer you wait to report the injury, the more difficult it may become to prove that the injury is work-related.
Remember: Filing a work injury claim is an important and often necessary legal step. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, so it is important to follow the legal steps involved in the workers' compensation claims process to ensure that you are in a secure position to seek those benefits.
Can I go to my own doctor for medical treatment following a work injury?
If your employer wants you to go to a specific doctor, they have to tell you that when you report your injury. Otherwise, the choice of doctor can pass to you.
Beware: Your insurance company may tell you to go to a specific doctor while you are being treated by a doctor that either your employer sent you to, or with a doctor you selected because your employer failed to send you to a doctor. Remember, you do not have to see the doctor recommended by your insurance company. However, if you choose to see the doctor recommended by your insurance company, that doctor will become your authorized treating physician and you are obligated to stay with him or her. If your insurance company tries to switch your doctor, contact an attorney.
I was injured at work and have a question about workers' compensation. Who can I ask for advice?
Don't be afraid to contact our law office to ask a question about the workers' compensation process. We are happy to answer your question — even if you decide not to hire us.
Remember: Your workers' compensation insurance company is out to protect its own financial interests. They may seek to prove that your injury was pre-existing or nonwork-related. It is advisable to seek advice from a lawyer who understands the workers' compensation process and who will give honest and straightforward advice so you can make a decision on how to proceed.
If I hire a lawyer, will my insurance company treat me unfairly?
No. In fact, the opposite is likely to happen. An experienced attorney will know how to deal with the insurance company, which is especially important if you are unfamiliar with the workers' compensation process. If the insurance company is trying to minimize or deny your claim, an attorney can step in to ensure that your rights and interests are being protected.
The workers' compensation insurance company is trying to get me to sign some papers. Should I?
No. Do not sign any contract or document without having a lawyer review it. By signing some papers, you may be unknowingly limiting your rights and legal options.
How long should I wait before reporting my injury or filing a claim?
It is advisable to act promptly if you have been injured at work. Waiting too long to seek medical treatment may send a sign that your injury is not serious or that your ability to work is not affected. Do not delay reporting your injury and talking to an attorney about your legal options.