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Overcoming obstacles in the workers' compensation system

If you've been injured on the job in Colorado, you may be facing challenges regarding benefits meant to help you cover medical costs associated with your accident, as well as replace lost wages during your recovery. In fact, many recovering workplace accident victims find the workers' compensation system quite complicated and difficult to navigate. Workplace injuries often occur when a sudden and unexpected event takes place, such as a fall from a high place or a situation where a piece of machinery malfunctions.

In other cases, injuries develop over time, such as those associated with carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive motion stress injuries. Either way, many injured workers rely on the workers' compensation program to help the make ends meet when they're unable to return to their duties.

Cumulative trauma and your work: could you be a victim?

As a Colorado employee, you know that a workplace accident can happen to anyone. From slip-and-fall accidents to illnesses caused by dangerous or toxic exposure, injured or ill employees have certain rights to seek restitution for medical care through their employer's workers' compensation insurance.

These rights are also the same for workers who find themselves suffering because of injuries that happen not as the result of an accident but as the result of their job duties over time. Cumulative trauma injuries are not only painful, they are debilitating, expensive and last for a long time. 

Landscapers: don't let the sun go down on you after an injury

With warmer weather fast approaching in Colorado and across the country, landscaping company employees will have plenty to do. Clearing winter debris and getting outdoor facilities ready for spring is exhilarating but could also prove to be hazardous. In fact, some of the tasks could be life threatening, especially those involving tree trimming and wood chipping.

Your employers are responsible for the health and safety of all their employees, and they must comply with federal safety regulations at all times. Appropriate personal protective equipment must be provided to all workers. Depending on the services a company provides, these may include hard hats, gloves, boots, goggles, fall harnesses, safety lanyards and more.

Workers' compensation may cover more than physical injuries

Unlike most physical injuries, mental and emotional illnesses can be very difficult to detect and treat. Unfortunately for many people, this can lead to them dealing with the stresses these issues create for long periods of time before they get the help they need. These types of issues are just as important as physical injuries and people who have them should be able to get help.

When it comes to physical work-related injuries, workers' compensation is usually one of the first things that come to mind, but most workers are not as sure about compensation benefits when it comes to emotional and/or mental issues. This leaves many workers with the question: Can workers' compensation cover these injuries as well?

How can falls be prevented in the workplace?

Protecting workers from falls is one crucial matter that employers must be aware of to ensure workplace safety, especially those in the construction industry. Other industries that must take particular care when it comes to fall prevention are healthcare support, building maintenance and cleaning, transportation, and those who move materials.

Fall injuries can be costly and burdensome. The National Safety Council reports that every year in the U.S., the worker's compensation and medical costs that come with occupational falls are around $70 billion. Workers also miss days of work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2014, over 260,000 workers, both from the private industry as well as state and local government, missed one or more work days because of fall injuries, and close to 800 workers died.

A few things you may not know about Colorado's divorce process when it comes to property division

In some states, property accumulated during a marriage is not necessarily equally divided if a couple chooses to get divorced. In the state of Colorado, courts are generally pretty fair and, most of the time, divide marital property equally. With that said, equal division of property following a divorce is also dependent on the fact that the two parties involved agree to the property division terms. If the parties involved don't agree, things can get a little more complicated.

What you need to know about filing for workers compensation in Colorado

If you find yourself involved in a workplace accident, you may be worried about your family. You may be worried about getting adequate medical care. You may be worried about compensation either for temporary or permanent loss of your job.

If your boss tells you that you are not eligible to file for workers compensation, you may have believed them and not pursue it any further. Your boss might tell you that you are not eligible because they are not familiar with the process to file a worker's compensation claim. If you believe you have a claim, don't hesitate take the correct steps after a workplace accident.

Five steps to take after a workplace accident

If you ever find yourself involved in a workplace accident, it is important to know the steps to take to ensure your rights to compensation and care are met in a timely manner. You may feel uncertain about your job security or injury treatment plan, but with the right help you can find the best path to recovery and a return to work.

Follow these five steps after a workplace accident to best establish a workers' compensation claim:

Worker's Compensation

After much thought and preparation, we have decided to add worker's compensation to the practice here at Stout Law. Looking around Northern Colorado, we realized that there was a lack of skilled litigators who were ready and able to take these types of cases. We have also seen, in our criminal practice and our family practice, the kind of damage it does to a family when someone is injured on the job and is not able to get adequate medical care and compensation for either temporary or permanent loss of work.

A Domestic Relations Timeline

Now that the hoidays are behind us, many of our clients look toward solving domestic disputes, whether that means filing for a dissolution of marriage or revisiting custody issues. Questions about the procedure and timing come up in almost every case that we deal with, so here is a quick timeline for what a domestic relations case looks like.