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 your case without the help of a workers comp lawyer 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 FREE Case Evaluation form. It costs you nothing and can save you everything.
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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. So we can answer your questions, 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 a workplace injury lawyer in Denver at 720-500-5995.
WE SERVE INJURED WORKER’S FOR WORK COMPENSATION CASES:
Construction sites are the deadliest places to work. More than 930 construction workers died on the job in 2015 – a 4 percent jump over the previous year. Younger workers make up a lot of those deaths. In fact, the construction industry ranks second in the country for fatalities in workers younger than 18.
There are plenty of nonfatal injuries at construction sites, as well, with one in 10 construction workers getting hurt on the job every year. A lack of experience clearly plays a role in these injuries, since nearly two-thirds of them occur within the employee’s first year on the job. These injuries can devastate entire families by threatening current and future earnings.
If you or a family member has been hurt on a construction site, Burg Simpson’s Colorado workers’ compensation attorneys can help!
Did you know as a construction worker in Colorado, in the event of a job related accident, you don’t need to prove that anyone was at fault for your injury? This is one of the many details that Burg Simpson can help advice our clients on to better understand the claims process and know your rights. Together we can navigate the workers’ compensation system and get you the benefits you deserve!
Some types of cases Burg Simpson has filed for compensation claims include:
- Injuries from slips and falls, including: head, neck, knee and back
- Defective ladders and scaffolds
- Injuries sustained from lifting or operating heavy machinery
- Construction vehicle accidents
- Electrocution and electrical burns
- Injuries and breaks from repetitive strain and pressure
How Construction Workers Often Get Hurt
More than half of construction site fatalities are a result of what industry experts have dubbed the Fatal Four:
Falls — These are the single greatest cause of construction site deaths. Not coincidentally, fall protection is also the most common construction site OSHA violation. Falls from a site typically occur from roofs, scaffolds, and ladders.
Struck by object – Construction workers constantly get hit by objects. Whether it’s a vehicle, an unstable wall or an errant tool, object strikes make up roughly 10 percent of worksite deaths.
Electrocutions – Construction workers are also at abnormally high risk for electrocutions, killing nearly 9 percent of them every year. These can happen, obviously, through contact with a power line, but also by improper use of machinery or because of faulty wiring.
Caught between objects – Workers also frequently get caught beneath or between objects. Inadequate access points, faulty trenches, and insufficient protective systems can lead to these fatal accidents.
Which Workers Can Get Hurt?
Ironworkers get hurt on the job more than any other construction workers. But when it comes to fatalities, things change. The workers most likely to die on the job are:
Laborer – More than a quarter of worksite fatalities strike the average laborer.
Supervisor – 13 percent of construction site deaths hit the front-line supervisors.
Roofer – These employees rank third, and are most likely to die from a fall.
Electricians and carpenters round out the top five most endangered construction site vocations.
If you’re a Colorado construction worker who’s been hurt on the job, and you think an unsafe worksite may have been a factor, you need to speak to a work accident lawyer immediately for help. Contact Burg Simpson for a FREE Consultation before you speak to anyone else.
A construction injury can leave wounds that can linger for years. A death can cripple a family, robbing them of a steady income. Our Burg Simpson Denver workplace injury lawyers want to help you. We’ve been working on these types of complex cases for more than 40 years and know the ins and outs of Colorado’s complicated workers’ compensation law.
If you’ve been injured on the job, we can help you:
- Receive fair compensation for your injuries
- Have access to quality medical care
- Understand your legal rights within Colorado Workers’ Compensation laws
- Get reimbursement for legitimate expenses you’ve incurred during your injury
- Apply for additional Social Security benefits
- Explore third party personal injury lawsuits
Call us today at 303-792-5595 of fill out our FREE Evaluation Form right now.
Firefighters put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe. They do so by running straight toward the dangers we’re running away from, whether it’s a house fire or a car accident. Despite that, firefighter fatalities in the line of duty have held steady at just under 70 for three years straight nationwide, while more than 68,000 firefighters got hurt on the job in 2015. Surprisingly enough, only 42 percent – or 29,130 – of those injuries actually occurred at the fireground. If you’ve been hurt on the job, or if you’ve lost a family member to the job, a Burg Simpson work compensation attorney can help you today!
Our acclaimed workers’ compensation attorneys and paralegals have over four decades of experience filing workers’ compensation claims for firefighters. We can help you traverse a complicated workers’ comp claims process to fight for your rights and the maximum benefit amount possible. We’ll help you:
- Understand the Colorado Workers’ Compensation law and its lengthy rules process.
- Access the very best – and timeliest – medical care and treatment.
- Secure reimbursement for expenses incurred after your accident.
- Receive fair compensation for your injuries.
- Determine how and when you can file a third-party claim.
A lawyer has the knowledge needed to help you through these intricate cases if you are a fire fighter! You are essential to public safety and at Burg Simpson, we recognize the risks and dangerous situations associated with your profession. Fill out our Case Evaluation form so we can talk to you for Free!
HOW FIREFIGHTERS GET HURT
Just two hazards accounted for more than half of firefighter injuries at the fireground in 2015:
Falls, jumps, slips — These can involve a fall from a ladder, a mistimed jump in a burning building, or a simple slip and fall in a puddle of water. These accounted for 27.2 percent of all fireground injuries.
Overexertion, strain – Also making up 27.2 percent of injuries, these are typically a result of lifting or moving heavy equipment or fire debris.
Struck by objects – Roughly 9 percent of firefighters injured on the scene were struck by an object.
Other injuries include contact with an object, extreme weather, and exposure to fire products and chemicals and/or radiation.
Under Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation law, if you’re hurt in the line of duty – whether it’s at the fireground or the station house – you don’t have to prove fault. Just being injured or sick is enough to start the claims process. Our workmans comp lawyers have worked with hundreds of firefighters over the years to secure compensation for almost every kind of injury, such as:
- Repetitive strain.
- Smoke inhalation.
- Slip-and-fall injuries.
- Stress and psychological conditions, such as PTSD.
- Exposure to communicable diseases, such as hepatitis.
- Exposure to hazardous and toxic chemicals.
FIREFIGHTERS GET SICK, TOO
Extensive research has shown that firefighters are also prone to several illnesses. Because of the nature of the job, firefighters endure elevated levels of heat, flames, stress (both mental and physical), and carbon monoxide. Several studies have revealed that firefighters are at a much greater risk for heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and hepatitis.
Certain types of cancer are much more prevalent in firefighters, such as digestive, oral, respiratory, and urinary cancers. Additionally, firefighters are twice as likely as the general population to contract malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer cause by asbestos exposure. Finally, research shows younger firefighters (those under 65) have increase rates of bladder and prostate cancers.
Perhaps most importantly, back in 2007, the Colorado legislature passed a law that makes it much easier for firefighters with cancer to receive workers’ compensation. In fact, this “presumption” law is part of a larger, national trend. In fact, just this year, Ohio became the 36th to pass similar legislation, which presumes certain cancers were contracted in the line of duty. At least two other states – Montana and Florida – are considering similar laws.
If you’re a firefighter in Colorado who’s contracted any of these illnesses, your job may have played a part in that. Don’t assume anything.
WHAT ARE YOU ENTITLED TO FOR WORK COMP?
Workers’ compensation is designed to pay for an injured (or ill) firefighter’s medical expenses. However, there are accommodations for cash reimbursement for missed work days, too. There are other benefits you may be entitled to, as well, such as:
- Temporary total disability
- Temporary partial disability
- Permanent total disability
- Permanent partial disability
- Death benefits
Did you know Burg Simpson’s work comp lawyers can help you apply for additional Social Security benefits, as well? We’re also experienced in researching and filing possible third-party personal injury claims. Call us now at 303-792-5595 to find out more!
An injury or illness acquired in the line of duty can be devastating. A firefighter killed while trying to save lives is not only tragic, but it can destroy the lives of their loved ones, as well. Burg Simpson can help. Our workers' comp lawyers have been fighting for workers’ more than 40 years. We know the ins and outs of Colorado’s complicated workers’ compensation law. Call us right now at 303-792-5595 of fill out our FREE Evaluation Form by clicking here.
Public employees are as susceptible to accidents at work as any other office worker. They slip and fall. They hurt themselves by lifting or moving office supplies or equipment. They suffer from muscle strain from sitting and typing all day. If you’ve been hurt while performing the functions of your government job, our Colorado work comp attorneys can help you today!
Depending on which level of government is involved, workers’ compensation can operate very differently however. Federal employees are covered by the federal government, for example. The Federal Employee’s Compensation Act covers federal employees disabled or killed as a result of an injury or disease “sustained while in the performance of duty.” The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs manages federal benefits and helps injured employees in four categories:
- Wage replacement benefits.
- Medical treatment.
- Vocational rehabilitation.
- Other benefits.
Some federal employees fall under their own specialized programs, such as railroad workers, who are covered by the Federal Employer’s Liability Act. Most state and local employees, on the other hand, are typically covered by that state’s workers’ compensation law, like most private employees. If you’re a state or local employee and you’ve been injured while on the job, Burg Simpson’s lawyers are here to help you! Call us before it’s too late.
What Can Burg Simpson Do?
We can help by walking you through the intricacies of the complex Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act. In addition, we’ll make sure you also get help:
- Receiving fair compensation for injuries sustained on the job.
- Accessing quality medical treatment and healthcare.
- Receiving reimbursement for any workplace injury or related expenses.
- Applying for additional Social Security benefits, if applicable.
- Determining third-party personal injury lawsuit options if your injury was caused, at least in part, by someone other than your employer.
Burg Simpson’s Colorado workers’ comp lawyers have taken on hundreds of cases over the years. We’ve worked on claims for state government workers’ who’ve sustained injuries from:
- Work environments with poor ergonomics.
- Slips and falls.
- Injuries from repetitive motion.
- Sprains and strains.
- Injuries sustained from heavy lifting.
- Accidents from faulty office equipment and machinery.
- Tripping on objects that are out of place.
- Eyestrain from insufficient lighting
If you’re a government worker who’s been hurt on the job, don’t wait to call. After you get medical attention and report the incident to your employer, call the attorneys at Burg Simpson. Find out now what workers’ compensation benefits are available to you. This is request for a no-obligation, free consultation. And, if you decide to work with us, our pricing is based on contingency basis. That means we don’t get paid unless we get you a settlement or judgement.
A construction injury can leave wounds that can linger for years. A death can cripple a family, robbing them of a breadwinner. Burg Simpson can help! We’ve been working on these cases for more than 40 years and know the ins and outs of Colorado’s complicated workers’ compensation law.
Call us today at 303-792-5595 or fill out our FREE Evaluation Form before time runs out.
Healthcare makes up one-sixth of the American economy. So it’s no surprise that healthcare workers and nurses make up one of the country’s largest workforces. It’s also experiencing record growth, which shows no signs of letting up, as demand for these services outstrips the supply. If you or a loved one in the healthcare field has been injured at work, call a Burg Simpson Colorado workers’ compensation attorney today!
There are a couple of major drivers of this phenomenon. The first is America’s aging baby boomer population – and their increased number of expected hospital days. Experts predict roughly 16 percent of the population will be over 65 in just three years.
Additionally, because of the Affordable Care Act, nearly 20 million more people have acquired health insurance over the last few years. That sudden influx of new customers has created more job openings than there are trained healthcare workers to fill them. Hundreds of thousands of healthcare jobs remained unfilled at the end of 2016. In fact, jobs in healthcare sit vacant an average of 48.6 days, far longer than any other occupation.
Healthcare workers make huge sacrifices for their profession. At Burg Simpson, we have the utmost respect for these workers. Our Colorado workmans compensation lawyers have represented hundreds of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to help them win the compensation they deserve from workplace accidents. With more than 40 years of experience, our dedicated attorneys and paralegals are well-versed in the complex nature of Colorado’s workers’ compensation law. Our attorneys will work hard to recover your lost wages, make sure you receive expert medical care, and fight for fair compensation for your injury or illness.
These accidents can not only rob a family of a caregiver’s earnings, but can quickly incur extra expenses for care and treatment. If you or someone in your family has been hurt at work, call Burg Simpson’s workers’ compensation lawyers at 303-792-5595 or fill out our FREE Case Evaluation Form right now!
Which Workers Get Hurt?
Nurses make up the single largest group of the nation’s healthcare workers, and the perils they face only increase with their growing workloads. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurses have the highest rate of nonfatal workplace injuries among all occupations. Some of the other healthcare workers we represent include:
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
- Licensed practical nurses
- Registered nurses
- Emergency medical technicians
If you’re a health care worker who’s suffered an injury at work, call one of our lawyers today at 303-792-5595.
How Healthcare Workers Get Hurt
Healthcare workers of all types risk several hazards on the job every day, such as:
- Stress – Nurses point to workplace stress as their foremost health and safety risk. Nearly half of all nurses also report having suffered from workplace bullying.
- Lifting – Health care professionals – and nurses in particular – spend a lot of time either lifting heavy objects or repositioning patients during their shifts. The strain can take its toll.
- Assault – Medical professionals also face higher rates of assault, as well, either from patients or their family members. Roughly one in four nurses are assaulted at work every year.
- Infections/blood-borne diseases – Medical facilities are notorious for the prevalence of germs, and most health care workers deal with blood-borne infections daily.
Where Healthcare Workers Get Hurt
Healthcare workers face more workplace dangers than historically hazardous occupations such as miners. The three most dangerous environments for health care workers are:
- Nursing homes/residential care facilities.
- Outpatient health care services.
In addition to all of these, the lawyers at Burg Simpson can help you apply for additional Social Security benefits you may be entitled to, and assist in exploring the possibilities of filing a third-party personal injury lawsuit.
If you’re a healthcare worker who’s been hurt – or become ill – at work, Burg Simpson is here to help. We’ve been handling these cases for more than 40 years and we’re experienced with the ins and outs of Colorado’s complex workers’ comp law. Call us today at 303-792-5595.
We can help you with a number of pressing concerns, such as:
- Securing fair compensation for any on-the-job injuries or illness you may have suffered.
- Finding compassionate medical care and rehabilitative services to get you back to work sooner.
- Receiving reimbursement for any related out-of-pocket expenses.
- Appling for Social Security benefits you may qualify for.
- Consider third-party personal injury lawsuits. If you were injured on the job by a third party, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit while filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Don’t try to tackle your workers’ compensation claim on your own. Call Burg Simpson today and receive a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us at 303-792-5595.
The professional cleaning industry – which includes custodians and janitorial workers – provides an essential, if often underappreciated, service. These employees clean a variety of commercial establishments big and small. These can include educational institutions, medical facilities, child care centers, food service operations, and office buildings, among others. These workers can either be in-house or outsourced contract employees. These hard-working employees can be exposed to hazardous materials and unsafe work environments that can lend themselves to a variety of accidents and injuries. If you work in the professional cleaning industry as a custodian or janitorial worker, and you’ve been hurt on the job, call a Burg Simpson workmans comp lawyers as soon as possible to talk to us for FREE. Time is of the essence.
Because of the nature of their work – and the hours they tend to keep – janitorial workers and custodians face several hazards on the job. These employees are often exposed to hazardous chemicals. They frequently work with what might be considered dangerous equipment. Their job also functions typically include tasks that can cause injuries if they’re performed repetitively or improperly. Finally, the work environment itself often presents its own set of inherent hazards, especially if employers don’t follow OSHA guidelines.
Are you a Colorado janitorial worker or a custodian who’s been injured or fallen ill on the job? Our Colorado work comp lawyers understand just how important it is that your workers’ compensation claim is filed quickly and accurately. Otherwise you run the risk of not receiving any compensation for your injuries. Our team of experienced Colorado workers’ comp lawyers will fight for your rights as an employee in the state of Colorado. We can help you earn lost wages, fight for just compensation, and receive the medical benefits you deserve. Call us at 303-792-5595 right now!
TYPES OF WORKPLACE HAZARDS
We’ve helped hundreds of janitorial workers and custodians in Colorado file claims and receive compensation for injuries caused by:
- Blood borne pathogens: These are infectious microorganisms that can make workers sick. Diseases that may arise as a result of these pathogens include hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency, among others.
- Chemical and toxic hazards: Workers can be exposed to chemical and toxic threats such as carbon monoxide, lead, and asbestos, among others.
- Cleaning chemicals: Employees can be hurt by any number of cleaning chemicals through dermal exposure or inhalation.
- Confined spaces: Janitors and custodians often have to work in tight spaces, which not only presents ergonomic dangers, but makes working with chemicals that are much more hazardous because of poor ventilation.
- Control of hazardous energy: According to OSHA, hazardous energy includes energy sources such as electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, or thermal. If someone is servicing any equipment that contains any of these sources, a sudden startup or release of that energy can cause serious injury.
- Electricity: Custodians often have to clean in and around electrical equipment or power sources, putting themselves as risk of shock injuries.
- Ergonomics: Outdated or poorly maintained cleaning equipment present ergonomic challenges for custodial workers, which can lead to repetitive motion and back injuries.
- Slips and falls: Any time an employee is working with liquid cleaners and/or water, there is an increased risk of a slip and fall injury.
DO YOU NEED TO FILE A WORKERS’ COMP CLAIM?
If you’re a janitorial workers or custodian in the state of Colorado who’s been hurt while on the job, it isn’t incumbent upon you to prove anyone was at fault for what happened. A Colorado workers’ compensation attorney at Burg Simpson will help you make sense of the various factors that figure into your workers’ compensation claim. We can also aid you in:
- Receiving quality medical care and treatment.
- Securing reimbursement for any expenses incurred during your injury.
- Applying for any Social Security benefits you may qualify for.
- Receive fair compensation for your injuries.
- Evaluating any third party claims and personal injury lawsuits.
If your injury or accident occurred because of the negligence of a third party – someone outside your company – you may be eligible to file a third party claim that allows you to sue the person responsible for your injury. These types of lawsuits can be filed in addition to the workers’ compensation claim.
Don’t wait to find out what your workers’ compensation options are. Burg Simpson offers a free, no-obligation consultation, and can help you understand your rights and the options available to you. If you decide to work with us, we operate on a percentage fee basis. That means we only get paid if you do.
Those who work in law enforcement are more than just police officers and sheriffs. It includes detectives/investigators, dispatchers, crime lab analysts, bailiffs, and administrative personnel. These everyday heroes keep our streets safe by tracking down criminals and helping victims of that crime. That work comes with more than its share of risks.
There are more than 900,000 law enforcement officers working today in the United States, more than at any other time in the nation’s history. Not surprisingly, these brave men and women face a higher risk of an on-the-job injury or illness than just about any other occupation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 115 law enforcement officers died on the job annually from 2003 to 2014. Nearly 31,000 officers suffered injuries that required time off every year from 2009 to 2014.
Our attorneys are not only well-versed in Colorado workers’ compensation law, but we’ve fought hard for the law enforcement community for decades. We’re passionate about helping members of this valuable community regain their lost wages, fight for their deserved compensation, and secure the medical benefits they’re entitled to.
MOST COMMON LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES
Generally speaking, law enforcement personnel injuries fall into one of two categories. The first is the more acute incident, such as a physical confrontation or car accident. The other type of injury results from the constant wear and tear a law enforcement official endures from the everyday challenges of the job, such as frequent running and climbing, or carrying heavy loads.
Law enforcement officials face a variety of hazards at work, but the top two types of injuries account for more than half of all of them:
- Sprains, strains, and tears: These injuries can be the result of something as dramatic as a violent encounter with a suspect or as mundane as a slip and fall.
- Soreness and pain: Since law enforcement officials are often on their feet and usually carrying around 10 pounds of equipment, it’s no wonder law enforcement officers suffer from chronic pain.
Primarily as a result of dealing with perpetrators, these public servants suffer from higher-than-average rates of bruises and contusions, fractures, cuts, lacerations, and punctures.
But there are also a wealth of other “quiet” factors that can take a toll on the health of law enforcement officers, such as stress, poor nutrition, no exercise, post-traumatic stress, and depression. In fact, just this year, lawmakers in Colorado have included PTSD as a valid cause for filing workers’ compensation.
If you’re suffering from PTSD as a result of something you experienced on the job in your capacity as a law enforcement officer, don’t hesitate to call our Colorado workmans compensation lawyers at 303-792-5595 as soon as possible to speak with us for free.
DON’T MAKE THESE MISTAKES
In Colorado, law enforcement officers don’t have to prove fault if they get hurt on the job. Simply having an injury is sufficient for filing a claim. But that doesn’t mean filing your claim and obtaining benefits is as simple as filling out some paperwork. In fact, there are a number of mistakes that law enforcement officers can make that could jeopardize their workers’ compensation claim:
- Don’t ignore any injury, no matter how insignificant it might seem. The slight strain or sprain can not only balloon into something much more serious, but it can prevent law enforcement officers from performing the most basic of duties. An aching joint can keep you from running. A pulled muscle can prevent you from climbing a fence while in pursuit. A strained wrist can hamper your ability to pull a weapon on a suspect, putting your life in danger.
- Don’t wait to report any injury you suffer while on the job. In Colorado, you only have four days to report you injury to your employer.
- Don’t leave anything out. Once you’ve reported you injury and made it to your employer’s designated medical provider, disclose everything, no matter how minor it might seem. The more your doctors knows, the better your ability to file a successful workers’ compensation claim.
- Don’t go it alone. Colorado’s workers’ compensation law is anything but simple. The single biggest mistake you can make is trying to navigate this complicated claims process by yourself.
We’ve been working with injured law enforcement personnel for 40 years, so we know the ins and outs of this confusing system. We can help you:
- Understand the laws pertaining to Colorado Workers’ Compensation.
- Find and obtain quality medical care.
- Receive fair compensation for their injuries.
- Obtain reimbursement for legitimate expenses.
- Explore third party personal injury lawsuits if the injury was caused by someone else.
If you’re a member of Colorado’s law enforcement community, and you’ve been hurt while doing your job, don’t keep quiet or try to handle your complex workers’ compensation claim by yourself. You fight for the rest of us every day on the job, let the workman’s comp attorneys at Burg Simpson fight for you when it comes to handling your claim.
Working in an office doesn’t sound as dangerous as fighting a fire, treating emergency room patients, or working at a construction site, but office environments pose their own unique set of workplace hazards. In fact, the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers reveal that about 76,000 office workers are seriously injured on the job every year. If you’re an office worker or a member of the clerical staff and you’ve been hurt at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Colorado.
Clerical and office employees are typically classified as any anyone engaged exclusively in bookkeeping, record keeping, correspondence, data entry, technical drafting or other office work where books and records are kept. This classification applies only to employees who work in areas physically separated from other workplace operations. A clerical office normally excludes work or service areas and inventory storage.
Are you a member of the clerical staff who’s been hurt while on the job? Our workers’ comp attorneys understand Colorado’s complicated work’ comp laws. Don’t try and handle your case by yourself or wait before reaching out for help through this complex system. Call us today at 303-792-5595 for you free initial consultation.
TYPES OF WORKPLACE HAZARDS
Our experienced team of lawyers have handled dozens of office accidents and injury cases. Some of the most common accidents we’ve helped with include:
- Falls: These are, by far, the most common accidents that office workers suffer, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Frustratingly, they’re also the easiest to prevent. The CDC reports that office workers are more than twice as likely to suffer a fall injury as non-office workers. Common causes include slipping on wet floors, reaching for an object from an unstable positon, tripping, and poor lighting.
- Overexertion: Strain injuries can occur as a result of lifting and/or transporting heavy objects. Office workers, by the very nature of their work, are also susceptible to repetitive motion and pressure injuries.
- Ergonomics: According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, conditions that can cause serious work-related musculoskeletal disorders include: repetitive movements that increase pressure on nerves and irritate tendons, awkward sitting positions, or neck strain from looking at improperly placed computer screens, and static postures with few breaks.
- Workplace violence: Sadly, violence at work is more prevalent than ever. Homicide is the fourth-leading cause of workplace fatalities in the country.
- Electricity: As advances in technology have modernized today’s office environments, electrical accidents – and injuries – have become increasingly more common, as well.
If you’ve been injured at your office – or lost a loved one to a fatal workplace accident – call a Colorado workers’ comp attorney at Burg Simpson and let us help you receive the compensation you deserve. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to Colorado’s injured office professionals. Call 303-792-5595 to schedule yours today!
HOW CAN WE HELP WITH YOUR WORKERS’ COMP CLAIM?
In Colorado, office workers and clerical staff aren’t required to prove fault for their workplace injuries. This allows Burg Simpson’s lawyers to file your claim quickly so that you can start receiving your benefits sooner.
The Colorado workers’ compensation attorneys at Burg Simpson have worked with several office workers and clerical staff members to help them receive the compensation they deserve for any number of workplace injuries. This compensation can include medical benefits, reimbursement for expenses, and recovery of lost wages. We can also help you:
- Better understand the complexities of Colorado Workers’ Compensation law.
- Gain access to medical care and rehabilitative treatment.
- Receive fair compensation for your injuries.
- Earn reimbursement for expenses incurred during and after their accident.
- Apply for possible Social Security benefits.
- Consider legal options regarding possible third-party claims and personal injury lawsuits.
Call us to discuss your case right now!
If someone other than your employer caused your injury, such as a vendor, a contractor, or a trespasser, you may have the right to file a third-party claim.
Don’t wait to find out what your workers’ compensation options are or try to take on your complicated case on your own. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation, and we can help you understand your rights and the various options that might be available. Since we operate on a contingency basis, it costs you nothing to have us help you pursue your workers’ compensation claim. Call us immediately at 303-792-5595 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation form before it’s too late!
For years, retail has been the silent driver of economic growth in the United States. Even as brick-and-mortar retailers have been taking a beating lately with the rise of e-commerce, we are still very much a retail economy. Retail employees – including cashiers – make up more than 10 percent of the U.S. workforce, filling nearly 16 million jobs. Retail consumption makes up two-thirds of the country’s gross domestic product. If you’re a retail employee who’s been hurt at work, you might not consider yourself eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Colorado, but that is not true. Call a Colorado workers’ compensation attorney today for help as soon as possible at 303-792-5595 to find out more.
Retail sales workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, include both those who sell retail merchandise, such as clothing, furniture, and automobiles (retail salespeople), and those who sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts (parts salespeople). Both types of workers help customers find the products they want and process their payments. Retail establishments are typically clean, well-lit environments. They don’t sound like perilous places to work, but they carry their own set of workplace hazards. Retail work can require the use of technical equipment, heavy lifting while stocking, or performing inventory. Accidents are common in retail, due in no small part to a largely younger, less-experienced labor force prone to high turnover.
COMMON RETAIL WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS
Most injuries at retail establishments fall into a handful of categories, and are largely preventable.
Slips, Trips, and Falls: These are by far the most common workplace accidents in the retail industry. They’re typically a result of wet or uneven floors, spilled liquids, and items left lying around. These also make up 15 percent worksite fatalities. Food service employees are particularly susceptible to slips and falls.
Musculoskeletal Injuries: Retail employees spend a lot of time standing around, lifting, reaching, and performing their tasks in awkward positions. All of this can lead to minor aches, strains, and sprains that can quickly devolve into chronic conditions. Injuries can include carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and lower back pain.
Cuts and burns: Food service employees, in particular, are at greater risk of cuts and burns from preparing and cooking food.
Violence: Violence is the leading cause of death at work, and retail employees are at greater risk than most, especially those with later hours of operation. Among retail workers, liquor store employees are at the most likely to be killed on the job. Factors that put retail locations at greater risk include greater exposure to the public, cash and/or valuables on the premises, and small staff sizes.
If you’re a Colorado retail employee and you’ve suffered an injury at work, don’t make the mistake of trying to handle your own workers’ compensation claim. And don’t wait too long to ask for help. The clock starts ticking on your ability to file a claim as soon as you’re injured. We offer a no-obligation free consultation so you have nothing to lose. Call the workers’ compensation lawyers at Burg Simpson at 303-792-5595 or fill out a FREE Evaluation Form today.
Truck and delivery drivers are often faced with a higher-than-normal rate of danger in their environments. In fact, one out of six workers killed on the job is a tractor-trailer truck driver. In 2014, the most recent year for which complete data is available, more than 760 truck drivers died on the job – the fifth straight year of increased fatalities. While transportation incidents accounted for the vast majority of the deaths – at nearly 78 percent – there are still plenty of other workplace hazards that pose a threat to truck and delivery drivers. If you’ve lost a loved one in one of these tragic accidents, don’t wait to call a Colorado workers compensation attorney today at 303-792-5595.
As part of their job, these employees typically are required to face heavy lifting, operate large machinery, and maneuver unpredictable road conditions while they’re driving. This can pose significant accident risks. Tractor-trailer truck drivers are responsible for roughly one out of every 20 workplace injury and illness incidents that required time away from work. These particular drivers are also three times more likely than any other member of the labor force to suffer an injury or illness that takes them out of work.
Delivery drivers also face similar on-the-job perils, if not worse. For example, in 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked pizza delivery driver as one of the country’s deadliest occupations, particularly in terms of facing violence on the job. In 2014, assailants shot at least 20 pizza delivery drivers in the United States.
If you’re a truck or delivery driver and have been hurt on the job, Burg Simpson’s Colorado work comp lawyers are acclaimed and experienced attorneys who can help you navigate the complex workers’ compensation system and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at 303-792-5595 or fill out our FREE CASE EVALUATION form right now.
RECEIVE WORKERS’ COMP BENEFITS AS A TRUCK DELIVERY DRIVER
In Colorado, truckers and delivery drivers don’t have to prove that anyone was at fault for their injuries. The Colorado workers’ comp attorneys at Burg Simpson have helped hundreds of drivers obtain compensation for injuries caused by a variety of on-the-job accidents. The most common injuries these drivers suffer include:
- Transportation incidents: Traffic accidents account for nearly 80 percent of on-the-job injuries and deaths, due in no small part to the amount of time they spend on the road.
- Loading and unloading accidents: Aside from spending the bulk of their time behind the wheel, drivers spend a lot of their workday loading and unloading cargo, which can contribute to musculoskeletal and repetitive injuries. In fact, tractor-trailer drivers rank No. 3 nationally for employees who suffer musculoskeletal disorders.
- Slips and falls: Drivers, who spend a lot of time operating in inclement weather, run a higher-than-average risk of slipping and falling when getting in and out of their vehicle.
- Exposure to hazardous substances, chemicals and toxins. Drivers often spend prolonged periods of time exposed to exhaust fumes and other toxins.
These injuries are compounded by the fact that truck drivers of all types who get hurt on the job take far longer than most to recover from their injuries. According to the BLS numbers, about half of all truck drivers need at least 20 days of recovery before they’re able to return to work. If you’ve been hurt on the job and are unable to get back to your job, call the Colorado workers comp lawyers at Burg Simpson today.
Recovering from a workplace injury can be hard enough. Trying to manage your own workers’ compensation claim at the same time is not only ill-advised, but it can incredibly difficult. Your employer and their insurance company has help, so why shouldn’t you? Call today to speak with an experienced workers’ comp lawyer today at 303-792-5595 or fill out our >FREE Case Evaluation Form now.
Utility and electrical workers are routinely exposed to challenging and often treacherous work conditions. These underappreciated professionals must work with high-voltage electricity, operate in thunderstorms and other inclement weather, and conduct difficult repairs high off the ground. From electrocution to falls to failing equipment, utility and electrical workers face several job site hazards every day. If you’re a utility or electrical worker who’s been hurt at work, call a Colorado workers’ compensation attorney with Burg Simpson today at 303-792-5595.
In fact, electrical and utility line work has ranked among the nation’s top 10 most dangerous professions for more than a decade now, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While on-the-job fatalities have fallen over the last 20 years, utility and electrical workers still suffer a 19.2 fatality rate for every 100,000 employees.
Our Denver workers’ compensation lawyers at Burg Simpson have worked with hundreds of utility workers who have been injured on the job and we’ve successfully helped them receive the compensation they deserve. Our services don’t focus solely on filing workers’ compensation claims, we’re there every step of the way to make sure you understand the legal process and your rights, while we help you get back on your feet. If you’re an electrical or utility worker who’s been hurt on the job, don’t try to handle you claim alone. Call Burg Simpson today at 303-792-5595 or fill out our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM immediately.
CAUSES OF UTILITY AND ELECTRICAL WORKER INJURIES
The leading causes of injuries to utility and electrical workers, according to the BLS, include:
- Transportation incidents: Like a lot of other occupations, utility and electrical workers are at a higher risk for motor vehicle accidents than most.
- Violence: All too often, utility workers are assaulted by residents while simply trying to do their job.
- Falls: A lot of the repair work these professionals perform is above the ground, which can lead to fatal or devastating falls. This is one area where the rate of incidence sharply has increased over the last decade.
- Struck by object/equipment: Like construction workers, utility repairmen work with heavy equipment every day.
- Exposure to harmful substances: Among the potentially harmful substances that utility workers can be exposed to, carbon monoxide is perhaps the most prevalent.
- Caught between equipment: Electrical workers are frequently at risk of being crushed by or between heavy objects and pieces of equipment.
- Electrical exposure: These workers are exposed to electricity all the time as part of their job, putting them at high risk of contact with a live current, which can lead to devastating injuries and burns.
If you’ve suffered any of these injuries while doing your job, you need to get started on your claim immediately. Time is of the essence. Call the lawyers at Burg Simpson now at 303-792-5595.
WORKERS’ COMP BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO UTILITY AND ELECTRICAL WORKERS
Our experience with Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation system is crucial to our ability to take our clients’ cases with confidence. We’ll fight to make sure your medical bills are covered and that you receive fair compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered. If you’ve been hurt during your job, call a workers comp attorney at Burg Simpson as soon as possible.
We will work with you to:
- Secure fair compensation for your accident and the injuries you’ve suffered.
- Obtain the necessary medical care and treatment.
- Apply for additional Social Security benefits.
- Get reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses related to your injury.
- Explore the possibility of filing a third-party claim and personal injury lawsuit.
If your injury was the result of a negligent third party in Colorado, you could be eligible to sue the person responsible for your accident without affecting your workers’ compensation claim. Visit our third-party claim page for more details. You can also call us at 303-792-5595 to speak with an attorney.
If you’ve been injured on the job, don’t waste time wondering whether you should talk to an attorney. You should. And don’t make the mistake of trying to handle your workers’ compensation case by yourself. Burg Simpson offers a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to injured utility and electrical workers. If you decide to work with us, we work on a contingency-fee basis, which means we get paid only if we secure a settlement for you. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Call before time runs out.
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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.
All too often, workplace accidents are the result of someone else’s negligence. If that person isn’t someone connected with your employer, a third-party lawsuit might be an available option for you to secure additional compensation for your injuries so that you can cover medical and other expenses. These lawsuits can be filed in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.
NEED TO FILE A THIRD PARTY CLAIM?
If you’ve been hurt in a worksite accident because of the actions of an irresponsible third party, call a workers’ comp lawyer today. Colorado’s workers’ compensation law is extremely complicated, so don’t try to handle you claim alone. You run the risk of making a mistake and putting your compensation at risk. Reach out to Burg Simpson today by calling 303-792-5595 or fill out our FREE CASE EVALUATION form right now.
Yes. In Colorado, if you’re hurt on the job and your injury is the result of your employer’s or a co-worker’s actions, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, in exchange for that benefit, Colorado law prohibits you from suing either of them for their negligence. You can, however, sue the responsible third party who’s not affiliated with your place of employment, while also collecting workers’ compensation benefits.
For example, if you’re a delivery truck driver and you get hurt when another driver runs a red light and rams into your truck, you can collect workers’ compensation benefits from your employer while you pursue the negligent driver with a third-party claim for damages not covered by workers’ compensation.
Keep in mind that your employer’s workers’ comp insurance carrier will be entitled to a portion of the money collected from the negligent driver based on the benefits they’ve already paid on your behalf. This process is called subrogation. This is why you need a work injury lawyer to help you through the process.
Independent contractors typically have to carry their own workers’ compensation insurance. However, signing an independent contractor agreement doesn’t necessarily prove that you’re an independent contractor or that you’ve waived your right to prove that you’re an employee.
Based on Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act, you’re considered a company employee unless you’re:
- Free from control and direction in the performance of services.
- Customarily engaged in an independent trade, occupation, profession or business related to the provided service.
To determine if you’re “free from control or direction,” you have to ask yourself:
- Does someone tell you when or how to do your job?
- Does someone else provide the tools or equipment to do your job?
Finally, in some cases, you can sue a property owner or a lessee if you get hurt on their property while on the job. You can also file suit against an equipment manufacturer if you’ve been hurt by their defective equipment.
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 workers’ compensation attorney!