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Workers Compensation

Workers comp claims rise with drop in worker safety


By Kyle Bachus

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April 7, 2016

While workplace safety has improved over the years, there are still various industries where bad things happen because companies cut corners to save money. In Colorado, some of the worst safety and injury offenses occur in the homebuilding industry, with construction workers facing higher rates of nonfatal injury than other workers do. In fact, construction…

Employers look for new ways to cut workers’ compensation benefits


By Kyle Bachus

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January 26, 2016

In Colorado, on average there are more than 2,500 work-related hospitalizations annually, and one worker dies every three to four days due to an occupational injury or illness. To make matters worse, employers are searching for new ways to save money on workers’ compensation claims, since under the law they are required to foot the…

Workers compensation may not be helping injured workers meet their needs


By Kyle Bachus

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October 14, 2015

Until recently, America’s workers could rely on a compact struck at the dawn of the Industrial Age: in exchange for giving up their right to sue an employer if injured on the job, their employers would pay their medical bills and enough of their wages to help them get by while they recovered. However, this…

Top 5 Tips You Need to Know Before you File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Colorado


By Kyle Bachus

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June 23, 2015

Each year, nearly 28,000 Colorado employees file a workers compensation claim to recover lost wages and medical costs associated with a workplace injury. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance coverage employers are required to provide employees who are injured on the job or develop occupational diseases. To be covered by workers compensation, you must…

Understanding Workers Compensation in Colorado


By Kyle Bachus

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April 1, 2015

Worker’s compensation refers to a no-fault insurance program offered by the state of Colorado. The legislation was put into effect in 1915 and is available to the majority of Colorado employees. The guidelines and rules involved with the program continually undergo alterations designed to better accommodate injured workers and take into consideration ever-changing medical practices…

Common Workplace Injury Myths


By Kyle Bachus

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May 15, 2012

Three popular misconceptions about safety at work According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, a worker is injured in the workplace every seven seconds. Of course the injuries vary from industry to industry with these numbers: 7.8 per 100,000 workers in the transportation and warehouse industry 6.8 per 100,000 workers in the manufacturing industry…

Pinnacol Assurance Continues to Make Headlines


By Kyle Bachus

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January 24, 2011

DENVER–January 18, 2011–Pinnacol Assurance, a state government subdivision that provides worker’s compensation insurance continues to appear in the spotlight, more than six months after it was first called out for irresponsible financial activity. The organization first made headlines in March 2010 when the Colorado Legislature considered tapping nearly a quarter of Pinnacol’s $2 billion surplus…

Preparing for the Dangers of a Summer Job


By Kyle Bachus

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April 28, 2010

Before taking on a summer job, college students need to be aware of on-the-job-dangers and how to prepare for them. As teenagers, taking on jobs such as babysitting, or doing chores around the house, it might not be conceivable to them that a job can be dangerous. But once they reach college and summer jobs…

If You’ve Been Injured at Work


By Kyle Bachus

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February 1, 2010

If you’ve been injured at work, no matter how minor the injury may seem at first, it is important to contact a law office that specializes in workers’ compensation claims immediately. The moments and days after an injury occurs are crucial and vital to an injured worker’s situation. There are many dangers involved in waiting…

Injured Worker’s Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)


By Kyle Bachus

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July 14, 2009

If a worker gets injured while on the job, and the workers’ compensation insurance company does not contest coverage, there usually is a fairly specific timeline for the case. This timeline involves the opinions of treating physicians. It is very important to listen to the doctors, and heed their advice and recommendations, in order to…

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