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Many people work dangerous jobs that present an inherent risk of injury, such the construction field or in an industrial environment. Others work in fields that do not seem to pose imminent dangers. However, anyone can sustain an injury on the job. From falling in an office to getting into a car accident when running errands for your boss, work injuries can happen at any time to any employee.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a work injury, Colorado law entitles you to workers’ compensation benefits. You should consult with a Denver workers’ compensation lawyer to learn more about the benefits available and for help in obtaining the full amount of money available to you under the law.
What is Workers’ Compensation in Colorado?
Under Colorado workers’ compensation law, a worker who suffers an injury while performing any required job duty is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Covered injuries include injuries sustained on the job site and injuries sustained off-site, as long as the worker is fulfilling a work requirement - even if the particular task the worker is performing does not sound like “work”. For example, a worker attending a required work retreat is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if he or she is injured during the retreat. A worker injured while attending a voluntary Christmas party, however, may not be entitled to benefits because attending the party was not a job requirement.
When an employee suffers a work injury, he or she is not required to prove negligence in order to file a workers’ compensation claim. In fact, in some cases, a worker may have performed a careless act that caused the injury and may still be entitled to benefits, as long as the employee was not violating company policy and was not intoxicated or on drugs while at work.
Who Can Obtain Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Employees can obtain workers’ compensation benefits not just for accidents, but also for other types of injuries that develop as a direct result of doing a job. For example, if a worker is exposed to toxins at work and develops cancer, black lung, or other health problems due to the exposure, then the worker can be compensated for his work-related illness. An employee who suffers repetitive stress injuries can also file a workers’ compensation claim.
Almost all workers are covered for benefits, and the definition of work injury is broad. Most employees who get hurt on the job in Colorado can and should make a workers’ compensation claim.
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Workers’ compensation benefits should pay the full cost of your medical bills with no co-pays. If you are forced to miss work due to your work injuries, workers’ compensation will pay a portion of your wages. If you were permanently or temporarily disabled, workers’ compensation will pay disability benefits as well. These benefits may cover full disability if you are unable to work, or partial disability if your injury forces you to switch to a job where you earn less.
Unfortunately, employers don’t always pay benefits as required or approve claims in good faith. You deserve to receive the full amount of workers’ compensation coverage owed to you after an injury. If your employer is not treating you fairly, it is wise to consult a workers’ compensation attorney.
At Levine Law, our attorneys will help you with every aspect of workers’ compensation claims after you have suffered an injury. Our attorneys will help you every step of the way, from making sure you comply with deadlines to proving your injury occurred at work to appealing a denial of benefits. Give us a call today at (303) 333–8000 to learn more about how our law firm can help make sure you are cared for and covered after you get hurt on the job.