Colorado Springs On-the-Job Injury Attorneys
Representing Injured Workers
You probably think that if you're injured while doing your job, your employer will cover all of your expenses. Unfortunately, workers' compensation insurance is not always adequate in the event of an accident, and many workers' comp insurance providers do their best to avoid paying the full amount that is owed to the victim. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, your best bet is to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our legal team is committed to protecting Colorado Springs victims and ensuring they are properly and fully compensated for their injuries. Don't miss out on a single penny that you are owed under the law. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 to learn more about how to get the most out of your workers' compensation payout.
Worker Injuries: A Big Problem
In Colorado, there are an average of 112 fatal injuries every year, which works out to one death every three and a quarter days. Moreover, there are thousands of cases of occupational injuries or illnesses in the state annually, and that's just counting the cases that are reported.
While these injuries are accidents, most of them are avoidable; often the result of negligence on the part of the employer. This could be due to lack of adequate training or supervision, failure to maintain equipment properly, or not maintaining a safe working environment.
Who Is Responsible for Overseeing Workplace Injury Claims?
Colorado requires employers to provide insurance coverage in the event that an employee is injured while on the job. This insurance is intended to cover medical expenses and partial wage replacement for injuries and occupational diseases. Qualifying workers may also receive permanent impairment benefits. It should be noted that the cost of this insurance must be paid entirely by the employer and not deducted from the employee's wages.
In Colorado, the department that supervises workers' compensation is the Department of Labor and Employment. Their website has a lot of important information regarding the laws in the state. For instance, injured workers are required to file notice of their injury with their employer within four days of the accident.
You might notice two things when looking at the information provided by the Department:
- One, they have strict protocols for how to report injuries and file claims. A failure to follow the guidelines could result in a denial of your claim, or not receiving the full benefits. This hardly seems fair, especially when you take into consideration the fact that many injuries do not manifest immediately following an accident.
- Two, the compensation provided by your employer's insurer may not be enough to cover all of the expenses related to your injury. In addition to hospitalization and doctor fees, victims may require expensive medications and long-term rehabilitation, not to mention the pain and suffering they endure. It may be that a third party is also to blame for the injury, and your best option then is pursuing a lawsuit against that third party for additional compensation.
We believe that construction workers and those in all industries should be fully and fairly compensated for every cost associated with their injury, not just the bare minimum. Unfortunately, the law that is meant to protect workers can be manipulated to protect the insurance company instead. That's why anyone who has suffered a serious injury on the job should consult with an experienced Colorado workers' comp lawyer to make sure they are being treated fairly. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our legal team has a proven track record when it comes to protecting injured Colorado Springs workers. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 to schedule a free consultation.
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