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Workers Compensation

Double Board Certified Workers’ Comp Doctor in Colorado

Colorado Clinic offers first rate treatment for injured workers who are covered under a workers compensation. Our Double Board Certified Colorado Workers Compensation offers modern treatments designed to achieve pain relief, increased function, and a return to work.

Colorado Clinic offers workers compensation treatment in Greeley, Loveland, Colorado Springs, Aurora and Boulder CO. This may include medical or interventional pain treatments administered by highly skilled providers. There are over 50 treatment options available!

Along with providing top notch treatments for the injured worker, Colorado Clinic staff can help with the administrative paperwork necessary for your injury claim. This is a vital element of the process, and one that too many practices overlook! We see patients with Colorado Workers Compensation Claims along with Federal Workers Compensation.

Workers’ Comp FAQS

What is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation developed with the rapid industrialization that occurred in the early twentieth century in the United States. The growth of industrial jobs was accompanied by an increase in workplace injuries, particularly in factories, with heavy machinery and other high-risk environments.

Without worker’s compensation, a worker injured or disabled while performing his or her job would have to resort to litigation to pay for medical expenses and recover lost future earnings. This often ended up with the case being dismissed, disenfranchising thousands of workers. Workers compensation provides a guaranteed level of compensation to those workers if injury occurred in the line of duty.

What are the benefits of workers’ compensation?

Since workers’ compensation is a mutually agreed-upon guarantee, the transactional costs that accompany the process of litigation, investigation, and legal maneuvering can be avoided. This agreement is based on an idea called “compensation bargain” or “exclusive remedy”: workers are guaranteed to receive a set level of benefits in exchange for giving up the right to take the employers to court. In exchange, employers are mandated a floor amount of compensation even if a worker is found negligible or liable.

Benefits under workers compensation programs include medical expenses, a set percentage of lost earnings, as well as lost future earnings. In cases where the worker dies, the family receives compensation for medical expenses and cash benefits for lost days of work.

How do you file a workers compensation claim?

Most employers required to provide some form of workers compensation. Some states provide exemptions for smaller companies and industries, as well as for domestic workers and independent contractors.

It is best to seek legal counsel when filing a claim for workers compensation, particularly in cases that may be rejected by the employer. It is required by law to have a procedure for claiming workers compensation. An employee claim form will have to be processed. If this is rejected, litigation may be pursued if the claim.

In certain cases, the employer will offer to settle to avoid the expense and inconvenience of a trial. There will be advantages and disadvantages to accepting or rejecting a settlement offer. These should be discussed with an attorney before any commitments are made.

In most cases, an independent medical exam may be required. This will ensure an objective and impartial assessment of the worker’s claim. The assigned physician conducts a complete physical examination, which will serve as the basis for assessing the level of compensation. Appeals can be made to the state workers compensation board if the level of compensation received is not commensurate to the injury.

What are the different compensation packages?

There are cases when a worker returns to work without full recovery, leading to a reduction in tasks and the corresponding salary. This is compensated by temporary partial disability benefits until such time that the worker has recovered from the injury. Workers who suffer permanent impairments that do not completely preclude future employment receive permanent partial disability benefits. Those who suffer permanent disability will receive permanent total disability benefits. This will often entail a more generous package of benefits, as well as support for lost future earnings.