Monday, November 30, 2015

"Can I See My Own Doctor?"

Are you worried about seeing a different doctor?

Are you worried that if you see your doctor, your medical benefits may not be covered by workers comp?

How much of your settlement will cover your doctor bills?
Aspen Workers Compensation Attorney

These are very common questions, however every case is different. According to Colorado workers compensation laws Article 42 Sec 8-42-101, “Every employer, regardless of said employer's method of insurance, shall furnish such medical, surgical, dental, nursing, and hospital treatment, medical, hospital, and surgical supplies, crutches, and apparatus as may reasonably be needed at the time of the injury or occupational disease and thereafter during the disability to cure and relieve the employee from the effects of the injury.”

Also, immediately after you provide a written notice to your employer you’re provided with a list of doctors that provide treatment for injured workers. However, if for some reason you are dissatisfied with your first doctor you’re allowed to choose your own doctor within the first 90 days of filing.

It always makes sense to consult with an attorney first. No matter what happened in your case, we’ll let you know whether or not an attorney is needed immediately or at all. Don’t waste your time with a law firm that isn’t giving you answers, and charges you just to ask questions. Our Aspen workers compensation attorney at Kaufman & Kaufman, LLC. won’t charge you anything to ask simple questions, so what are you waiting for?

Don’t be led astray because you’re scared to stand up for your rights. We help the little guy in a fight! Our vision is that no person should be denied justice.

Let us help you today! Call (970) 945-2396 now to schedule your FREE initial consultation with a Aspen workers compensation attorney. Enter your location at the bottom of this web page to receive step-by-step directions.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

What Kind of Workers Compensation in Rifle, Colorado, am I Entitled to?

Have you been injured on the job? Are the bills piling up while you try to figure out what you’re owed? Has someone close to you been hurt or killed in a workplace accident?

Even if you know that all Colorado employees have a right to workers’ compensation benefits, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what that includes. Are there benefits out there that you don’t know about? What’s covered and what isn’t? You’re not alone. Many workers who’ve fallen ill, or been injured, struggle to find the answers to questions they’ve never had to ask before. 

Rifle workers compensation

In general, workers’ compensation will cover two things: lost wages and medical expenses. Your employer is required to pay you at least two thirds of what you would normally make while you recover, and you may get additional benefits depending on the seriousness of your injury or the length of your recovery. 

In the unfortunate event that someone close to you dies on the job, you can claim a “death benefit” that includes up to $7,000 for funeral expenses. Your employer may also have promised additional benefits over the minimum. 

Your injury doesn’t need to be caused by a single accident to be covered. Problems that appear over time, like back strain and lung or heart conditions, are still covered as long as they are related to your job. Even if you’re injured at a required social event your employer is holding, you can still claim workers compensation.

If your injury is caused by a third party, for example a subcontractor or partner, you can still claim benefits, depending on the specifics of your situation.

It is not possible to forfeit your workers’ compensation, but you can lose some of it if you aren’t careful. If you didn’t use or follow the safety devices precautions set out by your employer, or if you were drunk at the time of your injury, you can lose up to 50% of your benefits, not including medical expenses.

Aggressively pursuing all the benefits you deserve while also dealing with an illness or injury can be exhausting and take a long time, which is why the services of workers’ compensation lawyers like Kaufman & Kaufman are so valuable. You won’t find anyone else as experienced with Rifle workers’ compensation- we can help you get each and every dollar you deserve, and we’ll keep talk with you often to keep you in the loop as we do.

To learn more about the benefits you’re entitled to and how you can make sure you get them, fill out the information form on our site or call us at (970) 945-2396. You can schedule a free confidential meeting to talk with an experienced Rifle workers’ compensation attorney and plan your strategy. No fees unless you win!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Can I Be Fired If I File for Workers’ Compensation in Rifle?

Has your employer threatened to fire you if you seek workers compensation in Rifle for your workplace illness and/or injury?

Do you fear losing your job if you seek your right to compensation?

Did your employer fire you for “unrelated reasons” after you filed a claim?

The last thing you need after suffering an injury or illness is to fear for your job! If your employer has suggested that you might be let go if you pursue your legal right to workers compensation in Rifle, know that you’re not alone and that Kaufman & Kaufman is here to help you. 
Rifle workers compensation

According to Colorado state law, all workers have a right to compensation- even seasonal, temp, and undocumented ones. Even if your employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance, you still have this right, and your employer is not allowed to fire you just because you have a claim. However, some employers may attempt to dismiss you for a reason “unrelated” to your claim, and so it is important to be prepared with professionals who will fight for your rights.

You shouldn’t try to use your health insurance and sick days to cover an injury, because many medical providers screen for workplace injuries, and your care may be denied or billed to workers’ compensation anyway.

For over 50 years, Kaufman & Kaufman has been dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers and for ensuring you receive the best possible compensation based on your situation. We specialize in helping people in the Western Slope of Colorado, and our lawyers have decades of experience with claims like yours. We have the expertise, and we’re willing to take on other lawsuits for workers compensation in Rifle that other practices turn down.

Don’t let fear of losing your job stop you from providing for yourself and your family in the event of an injury. Your rightful compensation will help stop the debt-collection calls and smooth over unexpected expenses in this stressful time in your life. You can rest and recover with the peace of mind that experienced, caring experts are aggressively pursuing each and every opportunity for compensation.

You can take the first simple step to getting the protection you need right now. Just fill out the strictly confidential form at the bottom of most of our pages with your contact info and a brief description of your claim or concern. We are more than happy to provide a free initial consult to get you started, and to answer any questions you may have.