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Workers' Compensation Archives

Recorded statements can be a trap for the unwary

In some workers' compensation cases, the insurance company will ask an injured worker to make a recorded statement. When this happens, it can spell trouble for the worker. It indicates that the insurance company may be trying to collect information with the aim of minimizing benefits or denying the claim altogether. At the same time, if you refuse to cooperate or display a truculent attitude, the insurer could cite that as a reason for refusing to pay your claim. What's an injured worker to do?

First responders can now get benefits for PTSD

It took years of work, but with the signing of H.B. 17-1229 last month, first responders and other workers in Colorado can now get workers' compensation benefits for job-related post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Colorado thus joins a small number of states that recognize PTSD as a compensable work illness.

Young people are vulnerable to work injuries

Summer is here, and thousands of Colorado teens are earning some extra cash as part-time workers. Most of them aren't planning to stay in those jobs for very long. Instead, many are looking ahead to college or military service. Others aren't sure what the future has in store for them. What none of them are expecting is getting injured while working. But a significant number of teenagers working in summer jobs do get injured - and some even get killed.

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Although many employees know that they have rights after a workplace accident, many do not realize that they do not have to accept a workers' compensation package that is inadequate for their recovery. In other cases, employees may fear that challenging the initial benefits package offered by their employer's insurance carrier might jeopardize their job security.

Are you sure you're covered by Colorado workers' compensation?

It's true that most workers in Colorado are covered by the workers' compensation system. But that fact comes as no comfort to the significant number of injured workers who do not have worker's compensation insurance. They end up paying some or all of their medical costs from their own pockets.

After a work injury, be careful when using social media

Like other insurance companies, workers' compensation insurers are always on the lookout for claims fraud. Until recently, when they suspected fraud they had to rely on private investigators who conducted physical surveillance of claimants. This was costly, time-consuming, and didn't always deliver satisfactory results for insurers.

Claiming benefits for a work injury outside Colorado

Imagine this scenario: You are a resident of Colorado and work in the Denver area, but occasionally travel outside Colorado to perform your assigned work duties. While working in another state, you suffer injuries in an accident. Can you claim workers' compensation benefits in Colorado? Do you have to claim them in the state where you were injured? Or are you just out of luck?

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When a worker is injured on the job, workers' compensation benefits are designed to cover the cost of medical care, lost wages and any ongoing occupational or physical therapy needs. Those benefits are provided regardless of whether any party was negligent or at fault.

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