Thursday, June 15, 2017

Important Workers Compensation Claim Timeline

Are you worried about the timeline to file your workers compensation claim?

Are you worried time has run out?

Did you know that it’s your employer’s responsibility to file your claim with the insurance company?

According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, this is the timeline to stick to if you want to receive workers compensation benefits.

Days                Responsible Party Action

Immediately:          Employer reports fatal injuries to division
Within 4 days: Injured worker reports injury in writing to employer
Within 10 days: Employer reports all injuries to carrier/insurer

Within 20 days:

Insurer files an admission or denial of liability after receiving notice of an injury in cases where lost time, permanency, an occupational disease or a fatality occurs or at any time where a claim has been filed with the Division.

Within 45 days of the date of mailing of the Notice of Contest:

Injured Worker Files Application for an Expedited Hearing if claim has been denied in error 

Within 30 days:

Colorado workers compensation attorneysInjured Worker Must object to Final Admission of Liability if s/he disagrees with any part of it including:
 
• Filing for Division IME to dispute MMI or whole person impairment; or
• Filing for a hearing on any other issue

After 6 months:

Insurer, if injured worker objects to a Final Admission of Liability and takes no action to prosecute the claim for additional benefits, the insurer may petition the Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation to close the claim

Within 4 weeks immediately following the termination of the continuous period of total disability:

Injured Worker Files an unemployment insurance claim

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If you’re unsure whether you qualify or if you believe you’ve been wrongfully denied workers compensation benefits, speak to our experienced Colorado workers compensation attorneys today! We make sure you and your case get the attention you deserve!

The initial consult with our office is free! If you have a question or concern about your claim for Colorado Workers' Compensation, please set up an appointment with us to discuss your rights. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Closure of Claims & Petitions to Reopen Claims: What You Need to Know!

Have your workers compensation benefits run out, but you’re still in too much pain to go back to work?

Do you need more help recovering from your work injury?

Do you want to reopen your claim?

In the state of Colorado, closure of claims and petitions to reopen a case work like this: 
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Closure of Claims


According to Colorado.gov, “when there is no action on a claim for at least 6 months, any of the parties may file a petition to close the claim for lack of prosecution. 

a. Following a request to close the claim for lack of prosecution, the director will issue an order requiring the parties to show evidence why the request should not be granted. A response shall be filed within 30 days of the date the order was mailed. 

b. If no response is filed within 30 days of the date the order was mailed, the claim shall be automatically closed, subject to the reopening provisions of the statute. If a response is filed within 30 days of the date the order was mailed, the director will determine whether the claim should remain open.”

Petitions to Reopen


According to Colorado.gov, you can file a petition to reopen your case based on the following:
  1. “Change of medical condition shall be filed with a medical report containing a description of the claimant’s present condition and how the claimant’s condition has deteriorated or improved. 
  2. Error, mistake, fraud, or overpayment shall identify specifically the error or mistake to be corrected or the basis for the alleged fraud or overpayment.”

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If you believe you’ve been wrongfully denied workers compensation benefits or need help reopening your claim, speak to our experienced Colorado workers compensation attorneys today! We make sure you and your case get the attention you deserve!

The initial consult with our office is free! If you have a question or concern about your claim for Colorado Workers' Compensation, please set up an appointment with us to discuss your rights. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Do I Qualify For Lost Wages?

How long have you been out recovering from your injury?

Are you worried about a huge loss in income?

Are you having a hard time paying all your bills?

According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, “If you have missed more than 3 days or 3 shifts due to a work-related injury or illness, you may be eligible to receive wage replacement benefits known as temporary disability benefits. Benefits are paid by the insurer and are calculated from the 4th shift or 4th day you are unable to work. These benefits will stop when you go back to full-duty or when your treating medical provider has determined you have reached maximum medical improvement.” These benefits may reduced in a partial capacity.
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If you’re worried that you won’t be approved for additional benefits, you’re not the only one! But, there’s no harm in trying, right? Especially with the help of an experienced Colorado workers compensation attorney to represent you, you’ll have the best shot there is!

Would it help to know that our Colorado workers compensation attorney have been able to get great results for people just like you? Regardless of your situation, you deserve your legally owed compensation, and shouldn’t have to fear that you won’t be able to provide for your family. We’ve helped people from every walk of life, whether you’ve immigrated here, your boss tells you that you don’t deserve worker’s comp, or possibly even if you’re suffering from a work-related illness years after it happened.

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Don’t let the stress of missing work due to an injury or illness keep you from getting your compensation! Let our lawyers do the hard work and fight for you. Almost no case is too small for our team. If you think you are owed compensation, call us today for a free consultation at (970) 945-2396.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Knee Injury Workers Compensation Benefits in Colorado

Do you suffer from a knee injury?

Are you able to work after suffering from your knee injury?

Do you have sufficient evidence to prove that your injury happened on the job and that it wasn’t a pre-existing condition?

Many people are unsure whether they qualify for workers compensation benefits after a knee injury, especially if they suffer from a pre-existing condition. In the state of Colorado, you may be eligible for workers compensation benefits, however it’s important to speak with experienced Colorado workers compensation attorneys first to make sure!  

According to the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act, you may qualify for temporary total disability pay. In addition, your medical bills may be covered by the company’s workers compensation insurance, including mileage to and from the doctor. Call our workers compensation attorneys' today to see if you qualify!

Additionally, insurers may provide partial and or total disability benefits for a workers’ compensation settlement if you’re unable to return to employment. Attorneys at our firm will also fight for your right to claim your settlement over a period of time, or in a lump-sum payment.

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If you’re unsure whether you qualify or if you believe you’ve been wrongfully denied workers compensation benefits, speak to our experienced Colorado workers compensation attorneys today! We make sure you and your case get the attention you deserve!

The initial consult with our office is free! If you have a question or concern about your claim for Colorado Workers' Compensation, please set up an appointment with us to discuss your rights. Attendance

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Can I Receive Workers Compensation If I’m injured While Traveling For Work?

Do you travel a lot for your job?

Does your employer ensure your safety while you’re traveling for the sole benefit of the company?

Are you wondering if workers compensation benefits apply if you’re injured while on the job traveling for your employer?

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It’s important to stay safe while traveling whether it’s for personal or business reasons. It’s common to be worried about the “what ifs” when you travel. The Colorado workers compensation attorneys at Kaufman & Kaufman, LLC. have been working with injured workers for over five decades. We’ll ensure your rights are protected and ensure the best settlement possible for your case. 

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Have you been injured while traveling for work? Speak to an experienced Colorado workers compensation attorney today! We make sure you and your case get the attention you deserve!

The initial consult with our office is free! If you have a question or concern about your claim for Colorado Workers' Compensation, please set up an appointment with us to discuss your rights.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Is it Reasonable to Worry About Being Fired for Filing a Claim?

Have you heard about people losing their jobs after filing a workers’ compensation claim? Are you considering keeping quiet about a workplace injury so you can keep your job?

Colorado law has a few specific statutes which lay out the rules and regulations for termination of employment. No statute exists to protect workers who have filed compensation claims from being fired, but common law does provide some protection.
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It is illegal for an employer to fire a worker because that worker filed a compensation claim. However, the act being illegal does not keep people from doing it. Because you must prove you were fired because of the workers’ compensation claim, some employers may find another reason to justify your termination, creating a loophole in the law.

So, unfortunately, worrying about losing your job after filing a claim is reasonable; but you should know, the law is on your side!

If your health has been affected by your job, you’ve been hurt enough. Take some of the burden and worry off your plate by contacting a Colorado workers’ compensation attorney. With an expert by your side through the whole process, you can take your mind off the overwhelming legal issues and focus on getting better. Call today and get the support you deserve!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

How Can I Change Doctors or Get a Second Opinion for My Workers’ Comp Case?

Are you unhappy with the treatment you’re receiving following a work-related injury? Are you looking for a second evaluation of your condition? Did you know it’s your right to receive quality care at no cost?

You’ve already been through a lot, being injured at work and unable to continue with your job, even if that’s only short term; feeling that you’re being misdiagnosed or that your doctor is understating your diagnosis is not something you should have to deal with. If you aren’t satisfied with the doctor handling your case, you have options!
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1. Change Your Doctor


If you aren’t getting the care you deserve, you can, and should, change your doctor. But you can’t choose just any doctor. When you suffer an injury at work you’re supposed to get a list of doctors from your employer. If no such list is provided, you’re free to select any doctor but you should be sure the doctor accepts workers’ compensation insurance. You can submit a request to change your physician, within 90 days of your injury.

Make the switch as early as possible to avoid any issues with processing your case.

2. Get a Second Opinion


If you’re unhappy with the conclusion your doctor has drawn about your condition, you need to know about the Colorado DIME process. DIME stands for Division Independent Medical Exam and it involves having your condition or injury officially evaluated by second a doctor.

You would consider the DIME process once your doctor has determined you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) and, for example, considers you able to return to work immediately at full capacity, but you disagree.

3. Consult the Experts, Your Colorado Workers’ Compensation Attorney!


All the rules, options, and scenarios (not to mention paperwork) can be a lot for one person to handle without a law degree. Because getting the care, support, and benefits you deserve is too important to risk, consider having an experienced Colorado workers’ compensation attorney by your side as you navigate the difficult waters.

Whether you’re just starting the process or already know you want a second opinion, give us a call today, and we’ll guide you through whatever comes next!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Colorado Work Injury Settlements

Have you suffered an injury due to a slip and fall accident at work?

Are you worried about paying your medical bills?

Are you having problems making ends meet?

In the state of Colorado, the property owner has a responsibility to keep the sidewalk clear and free of obstacles, but the person who's walking also has some responsibility for their own safety. If you slip and fall in a parking lot that you’re designated to park in, your employer is automatically responsible without question.

It’s very common that you may have a third party claim as well. For example, if you get into a car accident in a designated parking lot with another driver and suffer a severe injury, you may have a third party claim. You may be able to sue the driver of the vehicle, as well as, retain workers compensation benefits for lost wages as a result of having to take time off work.

If you have evidence to help support your claims, you have a better shot at proving your case and ultimately receiving the best settlement for your injury. However, are you afraid that with even a mountain of evidence your insurance company will cheat you out of what’s rightfully yours? You may need to speak with an experienced attorney about your rights!

Contact Experienced Glenwood Springs Workers Comp Attorneys Today!


If you’re unsure whether you qualify or if you believe you’ve been wrongfully denied workers compensation benefits, speak to our experienced Glenwood Springs workers comp attorneys today! We make sure you and your case get the attention you deserve!

The initial consult with our office is free! If you have a question or concern about your claim for Colorado Workers' Compensation, please set up an appointment with us to discuss your rights. Call (970) 945-2396 today!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Is Getting Social Security Disability and Workers Comp Double Dipping?

Are you worried about double dipping on your benefits?

Are you worried your workers compensation benefits won’t be approved because of social security disability?

Are you worried about making ends meet if you fail to get approved for workers compensation benefits?

Colorado is a reverse offset state. What does that mean? Your benefits may be reduced if you’re a current recipient of social security disability. If you have any questions on whether you qualify, call an attorney today.

Our Grand Junction workers compensation attorneys at Kaufman & Kaufman, LLC, have been helping injured workers fight for their rights for more than five decades. Regardless of your situation, you deserve your legally owed compensation, and you shouldn’t have to fear that you won’t be able to provide for your family. We’ve helped people from every walk of life, whether you’ve immigrated here, your boss tells you that you don’t deserve worker’s comp, or possibly even if you’re suffering from a work-related illness years after it happened.

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We’re willing to take on many cases that other attorneys find too difficult. Almost no case is too big or too small! We’ll investigate your case thoroughly and make sure you’re not being deprived out of what’s rightfully yours.

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What if I Was Injured While Taking a Break?

Were you injured while taking a break at work?

Are your doctor bills piling up?

Do you want to know what your rights are?
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While workers’ comp laws vary from state to state, in many cases, companies will have to pay if a worker is injured in recreational, social or athletic injuries if they happen during the course of employment. For example, your employer might have to pay comp for an injury if:

  • The activity took place on company premises during lunch or a recreational event;
  • Your company required participation; or
  • Your company received direct benefit from the worker’s participation, such as advertising the company logo on shirts or hats during games or practice.

It’s important to consult with expert Grand Junction workers compensation attorneys about your rights. Last year, we won many workers compensation benefits for our clients ranging from simple cases to very complex ones. We’re willing to take on many cases that other attorneys find too difficult. Almost no case is too big or too small! We’ll investigate your case thoroughly and make sure you’re not being deprived out of what’s rightfully yours.

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Grand Junction workers compensation attorneys have been representing injured workers on the Western Slope of Colorado with over 72 years of combined experience. We strive to provide fair, honest, and aggressive representation.

Let us help you today! Our expert workers compensation lawyers would like to ensure your rights are protected! Call (970) 945-2396 now to schedule your FREE initial consultation!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Beware of Other Drivers: No Workers Compensation Coverage While Traveling To & From Work!

Were you injured in an accident while traveling to or from work?

You may think your employer is liable for your injuries because if you didn’t have to go into work, maybe the accident wouldn’t have happened in the first place. However, in the state of Colorado, you must be on the clock or the time in question must have occurred while running errands for the sole benefit of your employer. 
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Were you performing employment duties? For example, dropping off mail, picking up a client, running an errand for your boss, picking up supplies for the office, or even parking in an assigned parking lot may fall under the category of acceptance for workers compensation coverage in the state of Colorado.

Most states follow the "while in the course of employment" rule. The rule basically states that regardless of an employee's physical location or the time of day she's injured, if performing assigned job duties, the injury is considered a work place accident and is covered by workers' compensation. While this rule seems clear, it remains the subject of thousands of legal disputes each year. 

Colorado workers compensation attorneys at Kaufman & Kaufman, LLC. have successfully represented clients for over 54 years. We strive to provide fair, honest, and aggressive representation. Our expert workers compensation lawyers would like to ensure your rights are protected!

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If you want to file a claim for workers compensation benefits in the Western Slope against your employer, but would like to ensure your rights are protected, call our Colorado workers compensation attorneys today! We practice Colorado Workers' Compensation Law because we care about injured workers. Your case is very important. We make sure you and your case get the attention you deserve!

Let our lawyers do the hard work and fight for you. Almost no case is too small for our team. If you think you’re owed compensation, call (970) 945-2396 now to schedule your FREE initial consultation with our workers compensation attorneys.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Exposed to Toxic Fumes? You May Be Entitled to Compensation.

Do you work in a chemical plant?

Do you work in a factory where you’re exposed to toxic fumes?

Are you concerned about your health?

If you’ve contracted an illness or a disease on the job caused by toxic fumes, you may be eligible for Colorado workers compensation attorneys!

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worker’s compensation in Colorado or the Western Slope! In most instances, toxic chemical exposure occurs in jobs where you work in a factory or location where dangerous chemicals are used, manufactured, or mined, for example, oil and gas companies. Imagine the peace of mind you’ll have when you hand over your case to our team of experienced, competent
If you suffer a chemical exposure injury on the job, you may be entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim. All that you have to do is prove that you were exposed to hazardous chemicals on the job and that, as a result of that exposure, you were injured.

In order to ensure that your workers’ compensation claim is accepted, you need to do the following:
  • report your exposure to a supervisor as soon as possible
  • make sure to explain exactly how your exposure occurred
  • get the names of everyone who may have witnessed your exposure
  • get medical treatment as soon as possible
  • make sure to explain to your health care providers that you were exposed to a toxic chemical 

Contact Experienced Colorado Workers Compensation Attorneys Today!


If you’re unsure whether you qualify or if you believe you’ve been wrongfully denied workers compensation benefits, speak to our experienced Colorado workers compensation attorneys today! We make sure you and your case get the attention you deserve!

The initial consult with our office is free! If you have a question or concern about your claim for Colorado Workers' Compensation, please set up an appointment with us to discuss your rights. Call (970) 945-2396 today!