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Five ways a workers' compensation claim can get denied

Missed days of work, pain filled nights, and a short paycheck can be life altering. The last thing an injured employee wants to hear is that their workers' compensation claim was denied. Anyone in a dangerous job should keep these steps in mind in order to ensure that their claim will be approved.

1. The claim was filed too late

In Colorado an injured worker must report an injury in writing to their employer within four days. Some employers will be more flexible than others, but if the injured worker does not report the injury within four days then they can be penalized. It is possible to lose one day's compensation for each day the report is late or lose the claim all together if it is very late.

Spotlight on the worker's compensation process in Colorado

OK, for purposes of illustration, let's use the proverbial "I slipped on a banana peel" imagery to drive home a very important point.

Although that might seem funny to watch, it is indeed humorous only in slapstick offerings, where audience laughter is solicited and no one is actually hurt.

Nurses beware: this is the biggest danger in the workplace

Imagine the dangers nurses face every day. Most people would picture open needles, biohazardous waste, wet floors, and angry patients. Surprisingly the biggest threat to nurses is lifting. In particular most nurses are injured on the job due to lifting patients who cannot walk.

Extensive training is given to nurses to ensure proper lifting techniques. Yet even with training, a high number of nurses suffer back injuries. In fact nurses are among the top professions which suffer musculokeletal disorders, ranking among freight and stock laborers. The most recent data collected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that back injuries accounted for over half of the total worker's comp cases for nursing assistants.

Mines in Colorado and nationally: truly, dangerous work venues

When readers think about the nation's coal-mining industry and its rather problematic history of work-related accidents and injuries, they likely don't think immediately about Colorado.

After all, the state is not as intimately associated with coal-mining activities as are a few other select states where mining has always been a major industry and mass employer for workers over decades, if not centuries.

A single-payer health care system: How would it affect workers' comp?

Colorado is no stranger to cutting-edge ballot initiatives. Four years ago, the issue was of course legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.

This year, another potentially path-breaking proposal is on the ballot. Amendment 69, also known as ColoradoCare, would amend the state constitution to put in place a single-payer system for health care. Colorado would be the first American state to adopt such a system, which already exists in Canada and Europe.

Polls have given conflicting indication about whether ColoradoCare will pass. In this post, we will use a Q & A format to address how it would affect medical benefits under the workers' compensation system.

Colorado workers' comp law imperfect, but vitally important

OK, it perhaps needs tweaking, but certainly nothing more than that.

A recent Denver Post article quite reasonably points out that one provision of the Colorado workers' compensation law is perhaps a bit marred and in need of a second look and some likely adjustment.

Proven legal advocacy can materially promote a workers' comp claim

Is there any Colorado resident who reasonably believes that the state's Workers' Compensation Act makes for easy reading?

Of course there isn't, and we suspect that many readers of our Denver workers' compensation blog would justifiably conclude without even needing to see that compendium that it is jam packed with fine print and intricacies.

Construction worker injuries? There's an app for that

People in the Denver construction industry are among Colorado's workers at highest risk of on-the-job injury. Construction workers are often exposed to hazards that can result in workplace accidents and injuries from falls, trench collapses, being struck by heavy equipment, fire, explosions and more.

SmartSite is a start-up offering software linked to sensors that monitor construction sites for worker safety in a number of areas, including unsafe levels of noise and vibration, as well as exposure to hazardous substances.

Construction zone worker injured at work when struck by truck

Construction zones on the busy Colorado roads could be deadly for employees of road construction companies. Despite the dangers posed by the machinery and other hazardous materials they work with, their safety is also compromised by inattentive or negligent drivers who move through the work zones. Being injured at work can not only bring about unanticipated medical expenses but also a loss of income.

A worker was recently hospitalized after he was struck by a cement truck in a construction zone in Denver. Reportedly the man was knocked down while he was performing the duties of a flagger outside the road construction zone. Neither the severity of the injuries he suffered nor his condition was reported.

Workers' comp gender gap: Does the system underpay women?

The pay gap between men and women is a stubborn and rather upsetting fact of American life. On average, women make only 79 percent of what men make - and the gender gap has barely budged at all in the past decade.

This fact has been widely reported. But is it true that there is also a gap in what women receive in workers' compensation benefits?

In this post, we will explore that question.

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