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.
Imagine this scenario: You are a resident of Colorado and work in the Denver area, but occasionally travel outside Colorado to perform your assigned work duties. While working in another state, you suffer injuries in an accident. Can you claim workers' compensation benefits in Colorado? Do you have to claim them in the state where you were injured? Or are you just out of luck?
In part two of our ABCs of Colorado workers' comp series, we continue our journey through the alphabet of injured workers' rights.
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.
Each year, thousands of workers in Colorado suffer a variety of on-the-job injuries. Workers' compensation benefits are ordinarily available for those workers to cover medical and medical-related expenses, a portion of lost wages and other needs, depending on the nature of the injuries. One of the first priorities after being injured at work is to find a doctor.
Each year, numerous Colorado workers suffer a variety of on-the-job injuries. Nearly everyone knows that employers are required to carry state mandated insurance coverage that helps injured workers, but not many people understand what benefits they may be entitled to receive. Below are some of the most common workers' compensation benefits available, depending on the severity of the injury suffered.
The Western Sugar Cooperative is based in Denver, but is a cooperative with members in four states. Since 2008, employees with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have conducted approximately 16 inspections of some of the company's locations and found 30 violations. When a worker was fatally injured at work in one of the company's processing plants, an investigation revealed 12 violations, which resulted in citations being issued and fines in the amount of $44,500, which the company reportedly agreed to pay.
Every injury or illness is different. In some cases, the extent of an injury may become very rapidly. On the other hand, certain medical conditions may develop over a longer period of time, which can cause a delay in treatment.
For many Colorado families, the weeks leading up to April 15 can be very stressful. Of course, that day is noted as the deadline for filing their income tax returns. Knowing that this deadline is on the horizon, many people might be wondering what exactly they should consider taxable income.
It can be difficult for an entire legal system to catch up to just one legal change. An example of that point is marijuana and workers' compensation laws in Colorado. Adults can smoke marijuana legally, even for simple recreational purposes, but that doesn't mean that all the laws are on their side if they have the drug in their system.