DENVER WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ATTORNEYS
A work accident can change your life in an instant. Your injuries could prevent you from working and supporting your family. Also, your employer and their insurance companies don’t always make it easy to get paid. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Bachus & Schanker represent individuals who are injured on the job and deserve financial compensation.
Our work injury attorneys can help you cut through the red tape and get the compensation that you deserve. If you have been hurt at work, call us at (303) 222-2222 to talk about your case.
How Can a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Help?
Injured at work? You have options. A workers’ compensation attorney may assist you with the following:
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim
- Ensuring that your claim includes necessary details, such as medical information and lost wages details
- Reviewing the categories of compensation, and helping you apply for all the workers compensation benefits you deserve
- Determining if you’re being paid fairly for lost income
- Understanding the steps involved in a claim, and knowing what to do at each stage
- Filing appeals and requesting hearings, if needed
- Evaluating other types of compensation (personal injury claims or disability benefits) and whether these remedies are appropriate for your case
Our workers compensation lawyers guide you through the process to ensure that you respond to your workplace injuries the right way and work to achieve the best possible result.
How Does Workers’ Compensation Work in Colorado?
Workers’ compensation in Colorado gives you fast access to medical benefits and replacement income when you’re injured at work. The purpose of the system is to help employees get the medical treatment they need without having to prove that their employer is to blame for the accident. The worker must report the accident and follow the necessary steps for treatment and income verification.
As for workers compensation laws, Colorado Workers Compensation Act1 creates rules for responding to on-the-job injuries in the state. The law is Title 8, Labor and Industry, Article 14.5, Cost Containment, 8-14.5-101 et. seq.
What Can You Receive in Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation benefits may include:
- Covered medical care – All the medical care that you need should be covered by your employer through their workers’ compensation insurance
- Temporary Partial Disability – If you can still work, but with limitations
- Temporary Total Disability – If you can’t work at all after the accident
- Permanent Total Disability, Permanent Partial Disability – If you still have limitations or disabilities after you reach maximum medical improvement from treatment
- Replacement income if your injuries prevent you from working
- Mileage and Parking for medical care
The income that you receive depends on your average weekly wage in the time leading up to the accident and whether you can work with restrictions following your injury. If you disagree with the insurer’s determination of your benefits, you have the right to contest the decision. An attorney for workers’ compensation may represent you.
What Should You Do if You’re Hurt at Work?
If you’re hurt at work, it’s essential to do the right things to ensure your health, safety, and your ability to file a workers’ compensation claim.
- Seek emergency medical care. Be sure to address your immediate safety first
- Report the accident to your employer in writing. While you’re likely to start by telling your supervisor that you’re hurt, you need to make sure that the report is also in writing.
- The supervisor may create a written report, or you may need to send a follow-up email or write a letter.
- Preserve any evidence of the accident that you can. Take photos of the scene if you can. In Colorado, failing to follow safety rules may diminish compensation, so it’s important to gather evidence of how the accident occurred.
- Identify witnesses who may have knowledge of what happened.
- Continue to receive medical care.
- Complete your application for workers’ compensation benefits.
How Do You File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment2, some of the steps involved in claiming workers’ compensation are:
- The injury occurs – seek emergency medical treatment if it is needed.
- Report the injury in writing to the employer within four days. The sooner you make a report, the better.
- If emergency medical treatment is not needed, seek medical care from a provider on a list of providers that the employer gives you.
- Complete WC-15 Workers’ Compensation Claim within two years to receive benefits.
- The insurer has 20 days to admit or deny the case and pay benefits.
- If they admit coverage, you receive medical care until you reach Maximum Medical Improvement. You also receive other benefits you are entitled to.
- If the insurer denies coverage, you may request a hearing. To receive an expedited hearing, you must make the request within 45 days.
A workplace injury can be a daunting experience, but you don’t have to fight alone. We can take all the necessary steps on your behalf to get justice and avoid the errors that can stand in your way. Contact us for a free consultation about your case.
What Are the Common Causes of Workplace Accidents?
Workplace accidents can occur at any time and for several reasons. Some of the most common causes of injuries on the job include:
- Slip and falls
- Car and vehicle accidents
- Falls from elevated surfaces
- Electrical accidents, electrocutions
- Stuck between accidents, crushing accidents
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Long-term exposure to chemicals, occupational illness
- Overexertion, strains, repetitive task injuries
- Blunt force trauma
Injured workers should seek medical attention immediately. As you recover, let our workers compensation claim attorneys fight on your behalf to get the financial support you need now.
Why Work With Bachus & Schanker?
When a workplace injury occurs, it can impact your entire family and your future. You need medical care to treat your injuries. Medical care should be covered under the law, but you have to take the right steps in order to claim it. In addition, the loss of income can be stressful for you and your family.
How your workers’ compensation claim is handled determines if you get the compensation that you need and deserve. When you need attorneys you can rely on to get results, Bachus & Schanker is here.
Contact our Denver Workers’ Compensation Attorneys for your Free Consultation
The workers’ compensation lawyers at Bachus & Schanker have been recovering damages for hardworking people for over two decades. We know the intricacies of workers’ compensation law. No matter how complex your case may be, we can help you maximize your claim and move it through the process as efficiently as possible. Let’s start working on your case right away.
We are conveniently located at 5 Colorado locations near you in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Aurora, and Englewood. Our workers compensation attorneys are ready to serve you and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us now for your free and confidential consultation.
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2Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE). Injured Worker Guide 2021. Retrieved 1 December 2021.