If You Are Hurt at Work
I was hurt at work. What should I be paid for my injury?
In Colorado, if you are hurt at work, you can receive three basic kinds of benefits: medical expense, temporary disability and permanent disability.
- MEDICAL EXPENSE: the company must pay for all the medical expenses necessary to cure or relieve you from the effects of your injury.
- TEMPORARY DISABILITY: While you are healing from an injury at work, the company must pay you two-thirds of your wage loss.
- PERMANENT DISABILITY: If, after your healing period ends, you have some permanent restrictions or permanent loss of use of some part of your body, the company must pay you for permanent disability.
I was hurt at work. Can I choose my own doctor?
The short answer is no. In Colorado the employer has the right to name two doctors or medical facilities to which you are to go for treatment of your work place injury. There are certain conditions which the employer must follow to require you to use their physicians and failure to follow the rules may result in your ability to choose your own doctor.
I was hurt at work, but the company denied my claim. What can I do about it?
If the company denies your claim for worker’s compensation, you will have to file an application for hearing with the State of Colorado Worker’s Compensation Division. You will then a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. You will also have to arrange for witnesses you will need to support your claim. The Division of Worker’s Compensation will schedule a hearing, and you will have to present the evidence supporting your claim at that hearing. The company will hire a lawyer to defend against your claim, and that lawyer will cross-examine you and your witnesses and will present evidence for the company. Once all the evidence has been presented, the judge will, usually at some future date, issue a written order either dismissing your claim or ordering benefits for you.
I was hurt at work. What do I do if the company does not take me back to work?
If you are hurt at work, and your injury leaves you with permanent restrictions, you should ask your company if it has any work for you within those restrictions. If the company offers you work within your restrictions, you should accept the offer and return to work within your restrictions. If the company does not have work for you within your restrictions, you should take one or more of the following steps:
- File for unemployment compensation.
- File for social security disability.
I was hurt at work, and now I can’t work anymore. Now what can I do?
If, because of your injury, you feel that you are no longer able to work, you may be able to obtain very significant payments from worker’s compensation. These could include temporary disability payments for the rest of your life, and payments for medical care for the rest of your life. You could also receive social security disability payments in addition to worker’s compensation payments.
I was hurt at work. When should I talk to a lawyer?
If you were hurt at work, you should contact a lawyer who is experienced in helping injured workers. You need to know all of the rights you have, and you need a lawyer who knows how to pursue those rights. If you call the Sumner Law Office, a lawyer will evaluate your claim free of charge, and will also, for no charge, meet with you to discuss your claim. The company is sure to get advice from people experienced in defending workers’ compensation claims. You need to have someone on your side with the same expertise