When you’ve been injured on the job you need to ask yourself:
Are you sure you’re receiving the proper medical benefits?
Is the insurance company really looking out for your well being?
Do you have any idea what happens now?
What are the next steps? How does the system work?
By handling the case without the help of an attorney you may be risking everything. If you’re injured while doing your job, don’t be afraid to ask for help. In a matter of seconds, you can fill out our
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WHAT IS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION?
Workers’ compensation is a social safety net that states began setting up decades ago as a way to protect both employers and employees when someone gets hurt on the job. In most cases, Colorado employees can file a workers’ compensation claim after an accident job leaves them injured. But there’s a long and winding road between that initial claim and earning full benefits. Burg Simpson Colorado workers’ comp attorney can help navigate that road.
Thousands of people get injured at work every year, most as a result of overexertion or falling. If you’re injured on the job, it’s important you get in touch with a Colorado workers’ compensation attorney and not to handle your claim on your own. For a more detailed look at what’s involved in Colorado workers’ compensation, visit our OVERVIEW page here. Or call us directly at 720-500-5995 to learn how we can provide the support and guidance you deserve.
WHAT IS YOUR CASE WORTH?
There are several factors that must be considered in any workers’ compensation case. The types of damages that can be recovered include economic, non-economic and sometimes even punitive damages. The only way to provide a fair and honest assessment of you case is to discuss it with you in detail.
It’s also important to know that if we take your case, you don’t have to pay us anything up front. We only get paid if you do. Get in touch with one of our Colorado workmen’s comp attorneys at 720-500-5995.
COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT WORKERS’ COMP
It sounds simple, but workers’ compensation is deceptively complex. Every day in Colorado, someone gets hurt on the job and unknowingly jeopardizes his/her claim. We’ve compiled a brief list of the most critical mistakes:
- You don’t have to report the injury. Yes, you do. In writing, within four days of the injury.
- You don’t have to tell your doctor (or employer) everything. You should report every injury and subsequent symptom that resulted from the accident.
- You don’t have to go to your employer’s authorized medical provider. Only if it’s an emergency. Otherwise, you must go to your employer’s designated doctor.
- If advised, you have to submit to treatment and/or surgery. Not at all. You have the right to ask questions, get second opinions and even refuse surgery without risking your claim.
- You have to pay whatever the authorized health care provider tells you. Not true. It’s inappropriate for them to charge you for medical treatment.
This is just the beginning. Workers’ compensation law is complicated. It’s absolutely critical that you speak with an experienced Colorado workers’ compensation attorney who can help determine your best courses of action while protecting your rights.
WHO WILL PAY MY MEDICAL BILLS?
No matter what anyone says, your employer’s insurance carrier is responsible to “pay all authorized, reasonable, necessary, and related medical expenses that result from your injury.” This can include any exams, surgical procedures, therapies, after care, and hospitalization, among other things.
If your injury leaves you in need immediate medical attention, don’t wait. Go to the nearest hospital, urgent care center or emergency room. If it’s an emergency situation, it doesn’t matter if it’s an authorized provider. If it’s not an emergency, you will be held financially responsible. If you’re not happy with your original medical care, you’re allowed negotiate for a different provider, and a second opinion. But you must discuss this with your attorney within 90 days. Visit your Colorado work comp lawyers at Burg Simpson for help by filling out a Free Consultation form to discuss your case for free!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO WORK?
If you are unable to work, you may be able to claim Temporary Disability, which includes Temporary Total Disability and Temporary Partial Disability. Temporary Disability benefits are the lost wages you receive until you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement from your injury or illness sustained at work. TTD payments begin after you miss three calendar days of work or three shifts. Your primary care physician must also provide, in writing, documentation of your inability to work, or restrictions on your ability to work. MMI is achieve when your doctor determines the injury is stable and further care isn’t needed.
In Colorado, Temporary Total Disability benefits are calculated at two-thirds of your gross average weekly wage, which is averaged by including past wages over a set period of time. This wage can include overtime, bonuses, and the value of employer-paid health insurance benefits. Finally, sick time and vacation days can be rolled into your Temporary Disability payments but they can’t be used as a substitution.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WITH WORKERS COMP
There are dozens of other rules, restrictions, and rights associated with workers’ compensation in Colorado. To help make sense of it, we’ve compiled an exhaustive FAQ HERE here to help answer any questions. But it’s not the same as speaking with one of our experienced Colorado workers’ comp lawyers.
If you get hurt at work, the most important thing to do right away is to get medical attention. But the clock on your claim starts ticking as soon as you’re injured, so report it immediately. Don’t jeopardize your health, your job, or your finances. Fill out a FREE Case Evaluation form today or call us before it’s too late to discuss your situation with a Colorado workers’ compensation ATTORNEY!