Questions about what happens after a workplace injury? Check out our ABCs of Colorado workers’ comp, and then let us know if you have any additional questions.
A – Any injury. Workers’ compensation typically covers all work-related injuries.
B – Benefits denied. If you’ve applied for workers’ comp and been denied, you still have options. You can appeal the denial and may be able to obtain benefits.
C – Colorado workers’ comp law. Colorado has a few complicated provisions that determine how workers’ comp is awarded, so it’s important to work with an attorney who knows how to help you navigate through this complicated system.
D – Doctor visits. You should continue to see your medical provider even if you are feeling better, otherwise you may harm your ability to get workers comp benefits.
E – Every industry. Any type of work can result in workplace injuries or illness, even some jobs that you may not typically expect to be dangerous. No matter the type of injury or the industry you work in, you should explore your options if you’ve been hurt at work.
F – Follow the rules. There are a number of rules you must follow in order to remain eligible for workers’ comp.
G – Going back to work. Do not return to work until cleared by your medical provider and your legal counsel. You do not have to go back to work just because your employer tells you to, as your employer is not a medical professional with your health in mind.
H – Help with training. If you need to change careers due to your injuries, job-retraining benefits may be available to you.
I – Insurance companies. Insurance companies are involved as a part of workers’ comp, and it can be a hassle to deal with them on your own.
J – Justice. Sometimes, workplace injuries happen because an employer or another employee was reckless. In these cases, it is especially important to get help and to understand all of the legal options available to you.
K – Knowledge is key. If you don’t know what steps you need to take, it is easy to miss something and accidentally disqualify yourself from benefit eligibility. This is why it is so important to get help with your workers’ comp claim.
L – Letting your employer know. You need to notify your employer about your injury if you want to receive workers’ comp benefits.
M – Medical providers. Your employer will give you a list of their preferred medical providers, but in certain situations you are allowed to see a different medical professional.
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