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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 117 out of every 10,000 full-time workers suffered serious occupational injuries in 2011 and 4,609 workers lost their lives over the course of the year. Your injury attorney knows that injuries or deaths can cause serious hardship for Colorado Springs workers and their families, especially if the injury makes it impossible to work.
The laws in Colorado aim to protect workers by making workers’ compensation benefits available to employees who sustain an injury in the course of their employment. Unfortunately, employers and insurers may delay, deny or undervalue your claim. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help you secure the money and benefits you need.
Your Right to Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits are available to every worker who suffers an injury in the course of his employment. Generally, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if:
- You are involved in an on-the-job accident.
- You get hurt off of your normal worksite while performing a required work duty.
- You develop a repetitive stress injury such as carpal tunnel or a herniated disc while on the job.
- You develop an overexertion injury due to the stress of your job.
- You become ill as a result of exposure to toxins or chemicals in the workplace.
In these and other situations where your job damages your health, the law does not require that you demonstrate that your employer’s negligent or careless actions led to your injury. Workers’ compensation benefits are awarded under a strict liability system, which means employers and insurers must compensate injured workers for on-the-job injuries regardless of negligence.
Workers’ compensation benefits include payment of medical bills and costs as well as disability benefits if you cannot work due to your injuries or illness. Disability benefits can be temporary or continue on an ongoing or permanent basis. The benefits are available not only for full disability, but also for partial disability if your work-related illness or injury necessitates switching to a job that pays less money.
Contact a Colorado Springs Accident Lawyer at Levine Law
In most cases, a workers’ compensation claim is the only way to take action against your employer as a result of a work-related injury since Colorado laws prevent you from filing a personal injury lawsuit.
At Levine Law, our goal is to ensure that you receive the full benefits you deserve as a result of your work injury. If you are applying for benefits, have had benefits denied, have been treated unfairly by an employer trying to force you back to work, or are in the process of appealing your workers’ compensation claim, our legal team can help.
Call our Colorado Springs accident lawyers today to learn about the legal services we can provide in relation to your workers’ compensation claim. Your consultation is free so get in touch online or via phone today.