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What Rights Do Injured Workers Have In Colorado?

If you are injured at work do you know what kind of compensation you are entitled to? Find out more about worker’s compensation laws in the state of Colorado.
Views: 688 Created 07/26/2011

If you are injured on the job in the state of Colorado, there are many rights that you are entitled to. In order to file a claim, it is wise to know exactly what your rights include.

Colorado workers compensation laws enable you the right to various benefits if you are injured while at your place of employment. Workers compensation in Colorado normally covers all legitimate medical care and legal expenses. Therefore, you will receive financial reimbursement for all medical bills that you receive as a result of your injury. With the exception of emergency instances, your employer has the right to choose a doctor. These medical expenses also include prescription medication and gas mileage to and from health care appointments.

If you have a partial or complete permanent disability or disfigurement, workers compensation Colorado entitles you to additional benefits. In addition, if your claim is denied, you have the right to file an appeal.

If you are temporarily not able to work, Colorado workers compensation covers lost wages. The coverage lasts until you are permitted to continue your duties, and the cost is around two-thirds of your average income per week.

If you die as a result of injuries sustained while at your job, your spouse is entitled to benefits that equal to two-thirds of your average weekly pay and burial costs not to exceed $7000. The benefits are valid until your spouse dies.

The workers compensation received in Colorado will not cover injuries sustained while you were intoxicated or if you deliberately injured yourself. The benefits will also not include compensation for injuries that occurred in an activity that was not work-related or the injuries were because of a natural disaster. In addition, if you were hurt while you were goofing off on the job, you may not be covered.

You should report the occurrence within four days, and the report should be in writing. If you inform your employer of the incident after four days has passed, compensation will be subtracted for each day. You need to ask your employer to file a claim with his insurance company.

You have certain rights under the workers compensation laws in Colorado; therefore, you can get all of the things that you are entitled to if you are injured on the job. If your employer fails to file workers compensation on your behalf, it is probably in your best interest to consult legal advice.

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