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.
Colorado employers are required to incorporate safety measures prescribed by law in order to protect workers from harm. If a company fails to provide at least the minimum safety equipment and training, workers can easily suffer a variety of injuries that require medical treatment and range from minor to fatal. Of course, even if a company does everything right, the potential for an accident still exists, but the likelihood is presumed to be reduced.
Every Colorado employee has the right to a safe workplace. When a company violates its workers' rights to be safe in the course of their duties, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration often steps in and conducts an investigation to identify problem areas the company needs to correct. Such an investigation was recently conducted at an out-of-state poultry producer after a complaint was filed.
When a worker is injured on the job, he or she may decide to file for workers' compensation to cover the lost wages, medical bills and any other expenses incurred due to the injury. Sometimes, an employee may lose his or her job or be fired while recovering from injury. The worker may fear losing the money from the compensation claim, but workers' rights entail that they can still receive those benefits until they have recovered. At the Eley Law Firm in Denver, our team has handled numerous Colorado clients in this type of dilemma and understand what their rights are and their full range of options.
When employees are injured on the job, they may choose to file for workers' compensation. Work injury insurance is meant to cover numerous expenses that can result from an employee injuring him or herself, including medical bills and lost wages. One expense that it can cover, that Colorado employees may not even be aware of, is the cost of rehabilitation. Some employees cannot work at their former position due to the injury and have rehabilitation rights that would help them find new employment, either with their original company or somewhere else.
Many employees have to perform physical labor as part of their job. Back injuries can sometimes result from repetitive lifting motions. An employee might notice the injury right away, or it may occur when he or she is not at work. However it happens, these injuries can be difficult to prove, and employers and insurance companies may be reluctant to provide workman's comp. Even so, Colorado employees are still entitled to those benefits.
Colorado employees of all kinds are dedicated workers who take great pride in what they do. They trust that their employers will use every means at their disposal to maintain a safe work environment. Unfortunately, accidents can happen and often result in injury or even fatality. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently examining the circumstances surrounding an out-of-state coal mine fire that injured workers in order to determine whether the company is responsible.
In our most recent post, we wrote about how much replacement for lost wages to expect from temporary disability (TD) benefits under the workers' compensation system.
Although humans may want the ability to predict the future, life is full of uncertainty. In order to minimize the anxiety caused by unpredictability, people may seek various forms of insurance.
We've devoted numerous posts in the last few weeks to the process involved in workers' compensation cases. Our goal has been to inform you about specific steps in the process, such as reporting your injury or possible limitations on your choice of doctor.