Colorado workers’ compensation law is complicated and keeps changing. Insurance carriers and employers are often more interested in protecting their own interests than in explaining an injured worker’s rights.
Every day injured workers and their families call or email the Eley Law Firm and ask questions about workers’ compensation. Attorney Cliff Eley has more than 30 years of experience in Colorado workers’ compensation, he stays current with changes in the law, and he works to make laws more fair to injured workers.
You can get a lot of advice about workers’ compensation — from an employer who wants you back to work, from an insurance adjuster who wants to close the case, from a doctor who is treating injuries, and from friends and relatives who share stories but don’t know the law. We can help answer all of your questions regarding your claim, including common queries such as:
Can you receive permanent total disability if you hurt your back in several incidents? Yes. If an accumulation of work injuries finally makes you unable to work at anything, you could receive permanent total disability benefits.
Can your employer make you return to work while you are still in pain? Until a doctor says you can work, you do not have to return. However, if your employer offers work within your restrictions, you may have to return to it, even if you are in pain. You should certainly consult your doctor about this.
Does Colorado pay full wages for lost time? No, workers’ compensation for lost wages is two-thirds of your average weekly wage, and this is subject to a cap that changes every year.
Does your employer have to pay health insurance while you are recovering? No, but if you have to pay the premium for your health insurance, it should be added to your average weekly wage and will usually increase the amount of wage-loss benefits you receive.
If you are concerned about these and other questions, you need and deserve answers. Workers’ compensation was established as a way to protect workers injured on the job, pay medical bills, pay a percentage of lost wages and pay for permanent disability.
It does not cost anything to call a lawyer at the Eley Law Firm in Denver and ask questions.