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Workers' compensation available when employee injured on job

One minute everything is going great, but then something happens. Perhaps the Colorado employee slips on a wet floor, trips on loose carpet or an object hits him or her. The end result is that the employee has been hurt. When this happens, workers' compensation insurance is usually available to take care of the employee.

Man taken for medical treatment after work accident; later dies

No matter one's chosen line of work, almost every job carries some degree of risk of bodily harm. Sadly, there are some occupations that are inherently more dangerous, which too many Colorado workers have experienced after requiring medical treatment caused by a workplace accident. Unfortunately, one man recently died from the injuries he suffered on the job.

Workplace injuries stemming from violence

There are enough concerns for workers trying to do their jobs and stay safe without adding the element of assaults and other violent attacks. According to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was a 20 percent increase in workplace homicides from 2015 to 2016. The 500 reported homicides represented around 10 percent of all deadly occupational incidents across the country in 2016.

Sanitation workers face growing danger

Colorado is among the states that do not have a Slow Down To Get Around law on the books. These laws are designed to protect workers in hazard vehicles, including those in waste and recycling collection vehicles. Sanitation work is among the five deadliest professions, and a big reason for that is accidents caused by impatient, distracted or careless motorists. 

The agony of overextending our joints and tendons

As we get older, some aches and pains begin to creep into our game plan. Perhaps we over-extend ourselves on weekends. Perhaps we just lift something awkwardly at work. Younger workers may feel the same aches but within a week or two their bodies typically recover to full strength. For older workers, however, the problem may be more than just an over-extended muscle. repetitive stress pain related to bursitis and tendonitis begin to set in due to repetitive stress caused by too much every-day use.

Impairment and permanent disability are not interchangeable terms

When one suffers a work-related injury, there are many issues that need attention. Applying for workers' compensation and determining the severity of one's injury are at the forefront. When it comes to knowing how to apply for benefits, it is helpful for Colorado workers to understand the difference between impairment and permanent disability and how this agency differentiates between the two.

Routine activities lead to more injured workers

Accidents can occur at any job in Colorado or elsewhere around the nation, regardless of the industry or size of the business. Despite what one may believe, most injured workers have not experienced a horrific accident or work in hazardous conditions. In fact, the majority of injuries are caused by mundane occurrences, such as trips, falls or overexertion.

Bursitis - a potentially serious medical problem

Bursitis is a medical condition that can be very painful. It usually occurs in the shoulder, elbow, knee, or hip, when repeated motions inflame the bursae (the fluid sacs that cushion the bones and tendons in those joints). Bursitis can happen to anyone, but carpet and tile layers, airport baggage handlers, and carpenters are especially vulnerable.

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