Under the Colorado workers’ compensation system you are entitled to certain benefits when you have been injured on the job. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can help you understand your rights and navigate the legal system as you recover from your injury.
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Colorado Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Colorado law provides these potential benefits when you have been injured in a work-related accident:
- Medical treatment. You are entitled to receive reasonable and necessary medical treatment for your work-related injuries.
- Temporary disability. After missing three days or shifts, you may be eligible for temporary disability for your time away from work.
- Permanent partial disability. Permanent physical or psychological impairment that does not keep you from working will make you eligible for benefits based on the percentage of your impairment.
- Permanent total disability. Being injured so severely that you will never be able to work again makes you eligible for permanent disability benefits.
- Disfigurement. You may be entitled to benefits for scars or other disfigurements caused by your work-related accident.
Disputes will often arise over the eligibility for these benefits. Our lawyers can fight for the benefits that you deserve.
Colorado Workers’ Compensation Process
To take full advantage of your workers’ compensation benefits, you should follow these steps:
- Seek emergency medical help.
- Report the injury to your employer in writing immediately. Keep a copy of the notice for your records.
- File a detailed workers’ compensation claim form. Keep a copy for your records. This step is very important. Without this form, your employer is not obligated to provide you with benefits.
- Contact an experienced Colorado workers’ compensation attorney to protect your rights.
- Within seven days, your employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier must provide you a written list of at least two different authorized treating physicians (ATPs). You may select which doctor you would like to see for treatment.
If you’ve been injured on the job, get the legal help you need. Call Shafner Law today at (303) 796-0555 for your free legal consultation. We welcome clients throughout Denver and the entire state of Colorado.