Denver Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Despite the intent of this law and the Colorado workers’ compensation system, however, the complicated claims process — and other factors — can make it very challenging for injured workers to obtain the benefits they deserve. Workers’ compensation is intended to protect and support workers who are injured on the job while limiting the liability and costs for employers. In fact, the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act specifically explains that the purpose of the law and the workers’ compensation system is to “assure the quick and efficient delivery of disability and medical benefits to injured workers at a reasonable cost to employers.”
At Tomazin, Hillyard & Clor, LLP, our attorneys understand these challenges and have been helping injured workers overcome them and fight for workers’ compensation benefits for more than three decades. Effective at dealing with insurance companies and protecting our clients’ rights, our lawyers are ready to help recover the full amount of compensation you are entitled to if you or someone you love has been hurt on the job.
The Facts About Colorado Workers’ Compensation Claims & Benefits
- What workers’ compensation benefits cover — Workers’ compensation benefits generally cover medical bills and partial wage replacement. If the work injury causes irreversible impairments (like a loss of a finger or limb, for example), permanent impairment benefits may also be paid.
- Note: Workers’ compensation benefits do not cover pain and suffering related to work injuries.
- What to do immediately after an accident happens at work — When work accidents cause severe or life-threatening injuries, getting immediate medical attention should be the first step injured workers take. Once their health is no longer in danger, injured workers should then report the incident and injury to the employer. If, however, a work accident or event only causes mild to moderate injuries, it’s recommended that injured workers report the accident to the employer prior to seeking medical attention.
- Note: All work-related injuries, including occupational illnesses, should be reported to employers, regardless of how small or minor they may seem.
- Deadlines for notifying employers of the injury — Injured workers are legally required to report work-related injuries to their employer within four working days of sustaining the injury. This report must be made in writing (regardless of whether it has been verbally reported to the employer). Additionally, it’s recommended that injured workers keep a copy of the written injury report provided to employers.
- Note: You can still file a workers’ compensation claim even if you miss this reporting deadline. In these cases, one day’s compensation may be deducted for each day the report is late.
How We Can Help You
With Tomazin, Hillyard & Clor, LLP, overseeing your claim, you can count on receiving exceptional representation and vigorous advocacy throughout the process. Some of the steps our lawyers can take on your behalf to position your claim or appeal for a favorable outcome include:
- Properly completing all the necessary paperwork to initiate a claim or appeal
- Gathering all the medical documents (and other supporting paperwork) necessary to establish the severity of the injury (and prove that it occurred during the course of work)
- Helping you determine whether there may be additional options for financial recovery (which may be the case when third parties — like contractors — have contributed to the accident or injuries)
- Dealing with insurance companies and making sure they don’t act in bad faith to try to wrongly reduce or deny your benefits
- Filing appeals when claims are wrongly denied or terminated
Our lawyers represent injured workers, as well as families who have lost loved ones to deadly work accidents.
While we understand that there’s no amount of money that can ever make up for severe, permanent and debilitating injuries — or the loss of a loved one, we are also aware that taking action to pursue benefits can be critical to providing survivors with financial support as they try to recover and restore their lives.
Don’t Pursue A Claim Or Appeal Alone: Contact Tomazin, Hillyard & Clor, LLP
If you have been hurt in a work accident — or if you have lost a loved one to a deadly work accident, it’s time to contact us.
Our deep knowledge of the law, coupled with our experience and skills, means that we know how to take swift action to protect your rights while helping you maximize your financial recovery and secure the best possible outcomes to your claim.
We make a difference in the lives of injured workers throughout Colorado, the Denver metro and Arapahoe County. Let us make a difference in yours as well. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation at our Denver office. Call or contact us online to get started.