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Workers' Compensation Archives

Take care when seeing your doctor

What goes in your medical record can determine what types of medical care you receive and the duration of your treatment. Therefore, you should act appropriately when you visit your doctor. This is especially true if you are seeing a doctor who has been selected by the insurance company. In any case, your doctor will observe your behavior, note how you speak about your injury, and even examine the way you walk in and out of the doctor's office. If what the doctor sees conflicts in some way with the symptoms you claim to be experiencing, it could harm your claim.

Workers' compensation and child support

You have suffered an injury while working and have filed a workers' compensation claim. When your claim is approved, will you get the full amount of the benefits to which you are entitled? That depends. Though in most cases, your benefits will not be subject to taxation, they could be reduced if you are in arrears for child support. This blog post will examine some aspects of this issue.

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.

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