When you’ve been injured on the job you need to ask yourself:
- Are you certain you’re getting appropriate medical benefits?
- Is your employer’s insurance company looking out for your well-being?
- Do you know what to do next?
- Do you know how the system works?
Fill out our FREE Case Evaluation form. It costs you nothing and can save you everything.
Notable Workers’ Comp Victories
- In 2016, Burg Simpson workers’ comp lawyers in Denver secured a $3.25 million jury verdict for a client injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent car rental employee.
- In 2013, Burg Simpson Denver work comp lawyers won a $4.1 million jury verdict for clients seriously hurt at a Denver gas drilling site. The attorneys proved the drill site operator failed to properly train its employees and ensure their safety.
These are just a couple of examples of Burg Simpson’s proven track record of success when it comes to fighting for workers’ rights in Denver.
That is why you need to call Burg Simpson for help right now at 303-792-5595.
Workers’ Comp In Denver
Someone dies accidentally on the job in Denver every three or four days – that works out to more than a 100 worksite fatalities every single year. There are thousands more hurt seriously enough to miss time from work. Those injuries result in millions of dollars in claims, judgements, and settlements every year. In 2013, for example, employers – and their insurance companies – settled more than 5,700 cases in Denver for more than $187 million.
Filing for workers’ compensation is a notoriously complicated procedure. In Denver, the state’s workers’ compensation law is more than 100 pages long, not including the hundreds of pages of rules and procedures that must be followed when filing a claim. Its little wonder, then, that injured employees who retain legal counsel average settlements eight times higher than those who represent themselves. Don’t suffer needlessly, contact a Burg Simpson attorney to help guide you today.
The Odds Are Stacked Against Denver Workers
Workers’ compensation is meant to be a safety net – for both employees and employers. In exchange for agreeing not to sue their employer after an accident, employees are assured of medical coverage. However, if you get hurt on the job, and your claim is denied, under Denver law the burden of proof falls squarely on you as the injured worker.
That burden becomes that much harder to bear when the injured employee has to face off against an employer, an insurance company, and a squad of lawyers under the shadow of a ticking clock.
Burg Simpson, and our award-winning team of Denver workplace injury lawyers, are here to help the odds and give injured workers in Denver a fighting chance. We’ve been fighting these battles for injured workers and their families for more than 40 years. Not only can we help you navigate Denver’s complex workers’ compensation law, but we can determine if you’re eligible for additional benefits. At Burg Simpson can also pursue the possibility of any third-party liabilities. So visit our Free Case Evaluation form here to give us the details of your case and talk to us today!
Who We Represent
Burg Simpson’s Denver workers comp attorneys have represented injured workers from Burlington to Grand Junction in Colorado. We advise Denver lawmakers on how the state’s workers’ compensation law can better serve its residents. Our client list is as diverse as Denver’s labor force. We have fought for:
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- GOVERNMENT WORKERS »
- HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND NURSES »
- JANITORIAL WORKERS AND CUSTODIANS »
- LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS »
- OFFICE WORKERS AND CLERICAL STAFF »
- RETAIL WORKERS »
- TRUCK AND DELIVERY DRIVERS »
- UTILITY AND ELECTRICAL WORKERS »
- THIRD PARTY CLAIMS »
- UNIONS »
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Our Work Comp case consultations come without cost or commitment.
If Burg Simpson works with you on your case, you pay absolutely nothing. Each Denver workers compensation attorney works on a contingency basis only. We only get paid if you do. Don’t miss your only chance to receive compensation for you pain – or loss – and fill out our FREE Case Evaluation right now! You can also call our experienced Denver work comp lawyers at 303-792-5595.
Have You Been Hurt on the Job?
If you’ve been injured at work, seek medical attention from your employer’s provider immediately. If it’s an emergency, head straight to the closest ER or urgent care center. But remember that the clock is already ticking. You only have four days to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer. Once you’ve done that you need to ask yourself a few questions, such as:
- 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?
If you think you might want to try your own case, think again. Going it alone – without the help of a Denver work comp attorney – you risk losing everything. No matter what your employer, or their insurance carrier says, there’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Fill out our FREE Case Evaluation form on this page. It costs nothing and can mean everything.
Don’t Make These Workers’ Comp Mistakes
Workers’ compensation is deceptively complex. Every time someone gets hurt on the job in Denver there’s a risk that the simplest mistake can threaten their chance to receive relief for their injury. Don’t make these simple mistakes:
- Don’t report your injury. You must report your injury to your employer, in writing, within four days.
- Don’t tell your doctor (or employer) everything. It’s in your best interest to report every injury and symptom after the accident.
- Don’t go to your employer’s authorized medical provider. You must see your employer’s designated doctor unless you’ve suffered a life-or-death injury.
- Submit to treatment and/or surgery right away. You have the right to ask questions, get second opinions and even refuse surgery without risking your claim.
- Pay what the authorized health care provider tells you. It’s inappropriate for them to charge you for medical treatment.
That’s the easy part. It gets more complicated the further you travel through the claims process. Don’t make the mistake of trying to handle it on your own. Get help immediately. Just as you sought a trained professional for your medical treatment, you should see a trained professional for your financial security. Speak with one of our experienced Denver workers’ compensation lawyers before it’s too late and you lose everything!
What is your Case Worth?
Several factors come into play in any workers’ compensation case. You may be able to recover:
- Economic damages, which refer to compensation for verifiable monetary losses, such as medical expenses, loss of earnings, loss of use of property, costs of repair or replacement, the economic value of domestic services, and loss of employment or business opportunities.
- Non-economic damages, which refer to compensation for non-monetary losses, such as pain, suffering, inconvenience, emotional distress, loss of companionship/ consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Punitive damages, which refer to damages designed as punishment, intended to deter reckless or malicious behavior.
You have no way of knowing what you might be eligible for if you don’t speak with our workmans comp lawyers in Denver. Don’t make that mistake. Call us directly at 720-500-5995 to learn what your case might be worth.
What Happens If I AM Unable to Work?
If you can’t work, you may be able to claim:
Temporary Disability: According to Denver workers’ compensation law, “Employees who lose more than three shifts or three days of work as the result of an injury or illness may be eligible to receive a form of wage replacement called temporary disability. Temporary disability begins on the fourth day of work loss and must be paid every two weeks until terminated in accordance with the law.” This covers two types:
- Temporary Total Disability: This is due when the injured worker is temporarily but totally disabled and unable to earn wages.
- Temporary Partial Disability: This is due when the injured worker returns to work before reaching maximum medical improvement; when the injured worker is not released to usual duties or returns to modified duty with reduced wages or hours; and/or when the injured worker is earning less than the average weekly wage.
Based on Denver law, these benefits end when:
- You return to work at your pre-injury wage.
- You are given a release to return to regular work by the authorized treating physician.
- You are given written release by the authorized treating physician to return to modified work.
- You fail to appear at a rescheduled medical appointment with knowledge that absence will result in suspension of temporary disability benefits.
- Your authorized treating physician determines that you have reached maximum medical improvement, meaning that your injury or illness has become stable and no further medical treatment will improve your condition.
- The insurer requests to modify, terminate, or suspend benefits for reasons other than those listed above.
Permanent Partial Disability: Denver workers’ comp law says that, “Permanent partial disability means a permanent loss of function to a body part or body system (nervous system, respiratory system, digestive system, etc.) If you are unable to fully recover from your injury or illness (for example, due to the loss of use of your hand), your authorized treating doctor will determine the amount of permanent impairment and award a percentage.” Permanent partial disability can include one of the following:
- Scheduled Impairment: The covers a loss of function affecting the toes, feet, legs, fingers, hands, arms, eyes, vision or hearing, compensated based on a schedule of values related to each body part.
- Non-Scheduled (Whole Person) Impairment: This includes the loss of function affecting body parts not listed on the schedule above, such as the spine, lungs, and mental function, compensated based on factors of impairment rating assigned by the doctor, age factors, a fixed factor of 400 weeks, and temporary total disability rate.
Except for permanent total disability, permanent impairment awards don’t cover any wage losses that might have occurred.
Permanent Total Disability: Finally, in Denver, “Permanent total disability means the employee is unable to earn any wages. Benefits for PTD are based on two-thirds of the average weekly wage in effect at the time of the injury or illness and are paid for the lifetime of the injured worker.”
If you are overwhelmed already at the amount of information for workers compensation in Denver, you need a workers ‘compensation lawyer at Burg Simpson. WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE.
Who Will Pay My Medical Bills?
Your employer’s insurance company is responsible to “pay all authorized, reasonable, necessary, and related medical expenses that result from your injury.” This includes any exams, surgical procedures, therapies, required after care, and hospitalization, among other things. If it’s a medical emergency, head straight to the nearest urgent care center or emergency room. If it’s an emergency situation, it doesn’t have to be an authorized provider. However, if it’s not an emergency, you’ll be held financially liable for emergency medical care. You can allowed to negotiate for a different provider though, and for a second opinion if you’re not satisfied with the designated provider. You must address this with your Denver workplace injury lawyer within the first 90 days.
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