When employers are negligent in maintaining safe working environments, they face citations if their employees get injured on the job. Workers who suffer a work-related injury are usually entitled to workers' compensation; these benefits help cover the costs of medical expenses and lost wages.
We often hear of injured employees when there is a traumatic work site event, such as a crane falling on a construction worker, or an explosion in an oil refinery. However, even injuries that seem small or insignificant can lead to serious complications and life-altering consequences.
There are a number of injures an individual can sustain in a work-related accident. Head injuries, for example, can be caused by a slip and fall or falling debris. Getting medical treatment for a head injury can be expensive and costly; workers' compensation benefits can help an injured worker deal with some of those bills.
In many instances, injuries can seem minor when the accident occurs but can later develop into serious injuries. For example, a worker who suffers a neck injury may experience slight pain initially. But that slight pain can develop into severe pain that can make it difficult for workers to perform their job functions.
When an employee is injured on-the-job, he or she may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. But when claiming those benefits, employees typically need documentation to show that the injury occurred in the workplace and that there was in fact injury. So what happens if a worker's employer does not properly keep track of workplace injuries?
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New legislation proposed in the Colorado legislature would change an age-old rule about the way evidence of damages is presented to juries in personal injury cases. Bill 1106, introduced by Colorado Springs Republican Bob Gardner, seeks to do away with the collateral source rule, which excludes evidence of compensation or indemnity paid to an injured party by a collateral source (that is, someone besides the accused wrongdoer in a civil claim).
Being injured on-the-job can be frustrating. Physical injuries themselves are difficult to deal with, especially if time-off is required in order to fully recover. Though this time off is necessary, it can have a financial impact on an injured worker's family. During the recovery period, the worker may not be able to do his job and will lose wages.
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