Colorado Workers’ Compensation Attorneys – Burg Simpson

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Law Enforcement- Denver Work Comp Lawyers - Burg Simpson

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. If you’re a law enforcement officer who’s been hurt on the job, call a Colorado workers’ compensation attorney at Burg Simpson at 303-792-5595 today.

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 Colorado workers’ compensation 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. Fill out our FREE CASE EVALUATION form today or call us at 303-792-5595.

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.

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.

CALL BURG SIMPSON’S COLORADO WORK COMP LAWYERS NOW

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.

We offer a free consultation about your case with absolutely no obligation. If you decide to work with us, you pay nothing. We work on a contingency basis, which means we only get paid if you do. Call our Colorado workers comp lawyers at 303-792-5595 or fill out a FREE CASE EVALUATION form as soon as possible.

Burg Simpson Sues Feds over Floodwater Release

 October 17, 2017

Burg Simpson Sues Feds over Floodwater Release

Late one night in September 2013, after days of constant rainfall, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation opened the floodgates of Olympus Dam in Larimer County, Colorado. More than 5,000 cubic feet of water per second rushed down the Big Thompson River, destroying several homes along the way. Overall, the flooding that year killed 10 people… Read more »

Michael S. Burg’s Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiled

 October 12, 2017

Michael S. Burg’s Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiled

Temple University unveiled Burg Simpson founder Michael S. Burg’s portrait in its Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame earlier this month. Michael attended the ceremony, where he expressed his concern for the future of the profession. “The framers of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence understood the importance of the jury trial and how important… Read more »

Alan K. Simpson Supports Return to Civil Discourse

 September 28, 2017

Alan K. Simpson Supports Return to Civil Discourse

Over the last several years, the tone of American politics has become increasingly unpleasant, to put it mildly. It’s something Burg Simpson co-founder Alan K. Simpson wants to see change. One thing Simpson would like to see is lawmakers spending more time listening to their constituents. It’s something he made a priority during his own… Read more »

Michael S. Burg Discusses Equifax CEO’s Sudden Retirement

 September 27, 2017

Michael S. Burg Discusses Equifax CEO’s Sudden Retirement

Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg spoke with Reuters this week about the abrupt retirement of Equifax CEO Richard Smith following the credit reporting agency’s massive data breach. “They didn’t do anything to protect the consumers and their information,” Burg told the news service, “Then they attempted to keep people from being able to… Read more »

Temporary versus Permanent Disability – Workers Comp Lawyers in Denver – Burg Simpson

 October 10, 2017

What’s the Difference between Temporary and Permanent Disability?

What most employees don’t realize after they’ve been hurt on the job is that they’re entitled to more than medical benefits. If you’ve been injured at work – and have missed three shifts or three calendar days of work – you’re also entitled to compensation for a portion of the wages you’ve lost because of… Read more »

Office Workers Face Workplace Hazards – Denver Workers Compensation Attorney – Burg Simpson

 October 3, 2017

Office Workers Face Workplace Hazards, Too

Office workers tend to have an artificially inflated sense of security when it comes to workplace safety. It’s not like the members of the buttoned-down, nine-to-five set are climbing construction scaffolding or chasing suspects down dark alleys, so what do they have to be afraid of? Plenty, since tens of thousands of office workers get… Read more »

9 Dos and Don’ts of Work Comp – Denver Workers Compensation Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 September 27, 2017

9 Dos and Don’ts of Workers’ Compensation Claims

For the last two years, Colorado has seen lower “loss costs,” primarily as a result of fewer, and less severe, worksite accidents. The Colorado Division of Insurance defines loss costs as the medical payments and lost wages paid to injured employees. “Employers in Colorado continue to do a good job of preventing workplace incidents in… Read more »

Drugs, Alcohol, & Work Comp - Denver Workers Compensation Attorney – Burg Simpson

 September 20, 2017

Can Drugs and Alcohol Hurt Your Workers’ Comp Case?

It’s been five years since voters legalized recreational pot consumption in Colorado. As a result, many employers have backed off from testing candidates and employees for drug use at a record pace. In 2014, for example, roughly 77 percent of Colorado companies featured drug-testing policies. Today, only 62 percent of businesses test for drug use,… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

 May 3, 2016

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

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