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September 2014 Archives

Ways some employers may avoid paying for workers' compensation

Workers' compensation is a benefit that is covered by an employers' insurance. It is the right of employees here in Colorado, and all across the nation, to file for workers' compensation when they are injured while doing their job. However, just because their insurance should cover the costs, some unscrupulous employers still attempt to avoid using it. There are many ways that employees can protect themselves. The following are a few tips that may help them do just that.

Medical benefits are part of injured Colorado workers' rights

When an employee is injured on the job, he or she may have need of medical treatment. It may be difficult for the employee to manage this treatment for many reasons that involve the employer, the employer's insurance company and even the medical professionals charged with the employee's care. At The Eley Law Firm in Denver, we strive to help Colorado employees understand the provisions of medical benefits and how it ties in to injured workers' rights.

Avalanche at Colorado ski resort could result in death benefits

Here in Colorado, people come from all over the world to vacation at ski resorts. The employees who work there likely do so because they enjoy the outdoors and the non-traditional work environment. However, like any workplace, there are still safety precautions that must be taken. In the past, we have discussed the prevalence of avalanches at several Colorado ski resorts. A recent avalanche that took the life of one worker at the Wolf Creek Ski area could necessitate the filing for death benefits by the worker's family.

Colorado avalanche victim's family may receive death benefits

Many people may consider the job of a ski patrol member as exciting even though it likely poses multiple on-the-job injury hazards. In addition to having to be an excellent skier, patrol members have to cope with the unpredictability of nature on a daily basis. After a tragic accident at a ski resort in Southwestern Colorado on March 4, the owners of the resort have been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Moreover, death benefits are likely due the family of the worker killed in the fatal ski accident. 

Colorado workers' rights to workman's comp valid after a job loss

When a worker is injured on the job, he or she may decide to file for workers' compensation to cover the lost wages, medical bills and any other expenses incurred due to the injury. Sometimes, an employee may lose his or her job or be fired while recovering from injury. The worker may fear losing the money from the compensation claim, but workers' rights entail that they can still receive those benefits until they have recovered. At the Eley Law Firm in Denver, our team has handled numerous Colorado clients in this type of dilemma and understand what their rights are and their full range of options.

Death benefits provide financial aid after fatal work accident

While industrial workers in Colorado likely recognize the potential dangers of their chosen profession, their families may be concerned about the safety of their loved ones whenever they are at work. Many industrial workers are the sole breadwinners for their families, and a workplace accident may lead to the loss of income. Although workers' compensation benefits may provide financial aid, families may be unsure of the availability of death benefits, and how to go about filing a claim.

New OSHA regulations for reporting injured workers to be enacted

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is designed to protect both employees and employers. OSHA creates and enforces workplace safety regulations that, if followed, can help minimize injuries or even fatalities on a job site. In the past, employers in Colorado and across the country were only required to report hospitalizations of injured workers to OSHA if the number of those workers was at least three. Now, with new rules on the horizon, officials are hopeful that they will be better able to pinpoint potential problems.

What disability options are used for injured workers in Colorado?

Employees who are injured on the job would find themselves facing financial difficulties if employers weren't required to help provide for them after an on-the-job injury. Injured workers may need to file for disability payments to provide for themselves and their families. Though many Colorado employees may be aware of this possibility, they may not know exactly what each option entails.

Injured Colorado workers may have rehabilitation rights

When employees are injured on the job, they may choose to file for workers' compensation. Work injury insurance is meant to cover numerous expenses that can result from an employee injuring him or herself, including medical bills and lost wages. One expense that it can cover, that Colorado employees may not even be aware of, is the cost of rehabilitation. Some employees cannot work at their former position due to the injury and have rehabilitation rights that would help them find new employment, either with their original company or somewhere else.

Accident at Kellogg plant could result in a work injury claim

When an accident happens in the workplace, a worker might file for compensation benefits. If this worker is a contractor, it can raise additional questions about which employer is required to provide and pay for the insurance policy. In Colorado, if an employee is contracted to a company, working on a third-party job site and is injured, generally the worker's direct employer's insurance policy would cover the work injury benefits. This could be the case in a recent accident at an out-of-state Kellogg plant.

What are Colorado workers' rights regarding toxic exposure?

Some types of employees here in Colorado know that their jobs carry a degree of risk. These dangers typically relate to physical safety, such as a risk of falling or the risks of operating heavy machinery. There are some workers, however, who face other types of dangers that may not immediately come to mind. These are workers who, for many reasons, may be exposed to toxic or unsafe chemicals while they are at work. These employees may not be fully aware of what workers' rights entail if they are working in close proximity to hazardous materials, though they do exist.

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