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Victim of permanent disability motivates teens to demand safety

Every year, thousands of teenagers enter the Colorado workforce straight from high school. The excitement about earning their own money along with the desire to please their bosses and prove themselves may leave them vulnerable. A victim of a workplace accident that left him with a permanent disability tells teenagers how he lost his arm and urges them to demand safety when they enter the job market.

Workers' compensation: Lead poses risk for gun range workers

Workers at gun ranges in Colorado and other states will know the risks posed by firearms, and they are probably aware of all the elements of firearm safety. However, many of those employees may not realize the dangers of the lead dust to which they are exposed every day. With every bullet that is fired, lead dust fills the air, causing harm to employees who might soon have to rely on workers' compensation benefits because of ill health due to lead exposure.

VIDEO: You have rights after a work injury. Call the Eley Law Firm.

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.

Get vital information into your medical record

Some types of work injuries are obvious. When a worker breaks an arm in a fall or suffers burns in an explosion, there is physical proof of the injury. But the effects of an injury that causes back pain, or a concussion, or a repetitive stress injury may not be so apparent. Because workers' compensation insurance companies wish to keep their claim costs low, they may try to limit benefits for these kinds of injuries, or deny some claims altogether.

Deadlines in Colorado workers' compensation

Having just suffered an injury while working, you may be wondering what to do now. Be assured that you have the right to claim workers' compensation benefits. But to get those benefits, you have to be proactive. There are things you have to do and deadlines you have to meet.

Construction worker fatally injured at work after fall from roof

Working at heights will always be hazardous. Too many workers are fatally injured at work in fall accidents, and many victims wear no fall protection. One such a fatal workplace accident recently claimed the life of an employee of a Colorado Springs company. The company is one of the contractors working on the expansion of a sports center in another state.

Airport baggage handling injuries in the ramp area

Airport workers can suffer injuries anywhere, but those working in the ramp area are particularly vulnerable. Workers loading and unloading baggage onto planes must often perform their duties in cramped spaces which force their bodies into awkward positions. At Denver International Airport, ramp area baggage handling operations in winter are frequently complicated by severe weather conditions. Accumulation of snow and ice can increase the potential for accidents during the baggage loading and unloading process. Workers in the ramp area also risk injury from vehicles and hearing loss from excessive noise.

Injured at work: What if boss decides to pay medical expenses?

Some Colorado business owners may try to avoid filing workers' compensation claims for fear of having their insurance premiums increased. One of the ways this may be done is for the employer to pay for the medical expenses of an employee who was injured at work. While this practice may be illegal, it could lead to financial consequences never anticipated by the company owner.

Does Colorado workers' compensation cover work-related stress?

Stress is part of the lives of many people nationwide, including those in Colorado. However, if excessive stress follows workplace conditions, the expenses related to the treatment might be compensable by workers' compensation. These are not easy claims to navigate, but with the right help, benefits may be obtained.

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