Your Pueblo Workers’ Comp Lawyers
Workplace injuries can be stressful and traumatic. Between dealing with your recovery and handling the formalities of filing a claim to receive compensation, you can be left overwhelmed and wondering what to do next. Remember that you have rights, and you don’t have to do it alone.
The experienced Pueblo workers’ comp lawyers at Heuser & Heuser, LLP, work to help hardworking families in Pueblo, CO, and the surrounding areas fight for the compensation they deserve for their workplace injuries. If you need help with your workers’ comp claim, call us today to review your case with our experienced lawyers and get the help you need. It’s just that easy!
Getting Help Is Simple
All you have to do is call 719-520-9909 to share your story. If you have a case, our lawyers will handle it all from there.
You have Rights
If you were injured on the job, you have rights. A workers’ comp attorney can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
We Understand What You’re Going Through
On-the-job injuries or deaths can be devastating for you or your family. You’re likely dealing with pain and discomfort from your injuries. You may also be worried about mounting medical bills, the loss of current and future income, a possible disability, and how you’re going to support your family. On top of all that, you also have to handle the legal process of filing a workers’ comp claim.
We want you to know we understand what you’re going through, and we’re here to help. At Heuser & Heuser, LLP, we have an experienced team of Pueblo workers’ comp lawyers who will fight for the compensation you deserve for your workplace injuries. We’ll handle the whole process on your behalf so you can focus on getting better and spending time with your loved ones. Get your case reviewed today for free. It’s just that easy!
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Do I Have a Case?
If you’re dealing with a workplace injury and wondering if you need an attorney, it’s important to remember that each workers’ comp claim is unique. Workers’ compensation benefits are for workers who have suffered on-the-job injuries or job-related illnesses, which can take many forms.
Common Workers’ Comp Injuries
- Eye injuries
- Bruises and burns
- Sprains and strains
- Skin lacerations
- Cumulative trauma from repetitive work
Common Accidents That Result in Workplace Injuries
Are You Within the Legal Time Frame to Seek Workers’ Comp?
When seeking workers’ comp, it’s important to adhere to strict deadlines in place by the state called the statute of limitations. In Colorado, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim, but you must report the accident to your employer immediately. Having one of our experienced workers’ comp attorneys on your side can ensure you don’t miss a crucial deadline and accidentally forfeit your right to compensation.
Were You Hurt at Work? We’re Here to Help!
Don’t take on your workers’ comp claim yourself. Let our experienced Pueblo workers’ comp lawyers help you seek every dollar you deserve. It’s just that easy!
What Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Workers’ compensation benefits pay for hospital evaluations and medical treatments needed to diagnose and treat an on-the-job injury or illness. Medical benefits may cover expenses like hospitalization, surgery, doctor’s visits, medication, physical therapy, and more.
Disability benefits cover part of your wages if your injury prevents you from working, whether temporarily or permanently. These fall into several categories:
- Temporary total disability is for an injury that prevents you from working at all, but only for a short period of time.
- Temporary partial disability is for an injury that prevents you from doing your normal work tasks for a limited amount of time.
- Permanent partial disability is for an injury that permanently affects your ability to do your usual work tasks.
- Permanent total disability is for injuries that are so severe that you can’t work at all.
If you are unsure which type of disability benefit you may be applicable for, contact our Colorado workers’ comp attorneys. Our experienced team of attorneys can help you seek the compensation you deserve. It’s just that easy!
If an employee dies because of a work-related injury or illness, the family of the deceased may be entitled to death benefits. Death benefits may cover funeral expenses and financial support for the surviving spouse, children, or other dependents.
We’ve Helped Thousands of Injured People Get The Money They Deserve
Client was hit by a truck, sustaining ankle injuries, a broken pelvis, broken ribs, and a broken wrist. Client required surgery.
Client was involved in a roll over accident. Client sustained head, neck, and back injuries which required rehabilitative care, several surgeries, and extensive therapy.
Client was rear ended and pushed into another vehicle. Client sustained a back injury and significant lost wages. Client required extensive therapy.
How Can a Lawyer Help?
Workers’ compensation claims are challenging, especially if you don’t have a lawyer advocating on your behalf. You have to prove that your injuries or illness occurred on the job and how they affect your earning potential and follow the timeline for filing all the paperwork.
Taking on your own workers’ comp claims can be difficult and may leave you at a disadvantage. Hiring a lawyer gives you the guidance of someone who knows the laws regarding workers’ compensation and can fight for what you’re entitled to receive.
A Pueblo workers’ comp lawyer can handle the burden of filing a claim for you. They will gather evidence, file the proper paperwork, field calls from insurance adjusters or lawyers, build a strong case for your claim, and so much more. It only takes one call to get one of our experienced workers’ comp lawyers on your side. Contact us today for your free case review.
How To File for Workers’ Comp
Get Medical Treatment
If you’ve been injured on the job, it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. In non-emergency situations, you may choose an approved medical provider from your employer, but you must visit them within seven days of reporting the injury.
Report Your Injury
You have four working days to report your injury to your employer in writing.
File a Claim
You can file a Workers’ Claim for Compensation (WC 15) form within two years of your injury, even if your employer doesn’t carry workers’ compensation insurance as long as you reported your injury within four working days of your accident.
Call a Lawyer
Navigating the workers’ compensation system can be challenging, especially if you’re suffering from an injury. Our lawyers can help you file the proper paperwork, record your medical expenses, or resolve issues with your claim if it was denied. Without a lawyer, you could be at a disadvantage in getting the full compensation for your injury or illness. Don’t go it alone. We’re here to make it easy for you.
Injured? Don’t Wait to Get the Help You Need.
Our team has helped thousands of injured people recover the compensation they were entitled to. Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Contact us today to find out how much your case is worth.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Injuries Aren’t Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
Injuries caused by a worker intentionally or as a result of illegal activity, such as drinking alcohol on the job or committing a crime, may not be covered by workers’ compensation.
Can I Choose My Own Doctor?
In some cases, you must choose from a list of medical providers from your employer, but that’s not always the case. This can be a concern for many people, so be sure to discuss your rights regarding choosing your doctor with your Heuser & Heuser attorney.
What Do I Do if My Claim Is Denied?
How Much Can I Receive in Benefits?
Workers’ compensation benefits vary greatly and are influenced by your income and your medical expenses for reasonable treatment. Every case and client is unique, but when you work with Heuser & Heuser, we will fight for every dollar you deserve for your losses.
How Long Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
The time limit for your workers’ compensation benefits depends on the nature of your injury and its impact on your current and future earning potential.
Do I Have to Prove Fault for Colorado Workers’ Compensation?
In Colorado, workers’ compensation is a no-fault form of insurance. This means that regardless of how your accident happened or whose fault it was, you should be covered. The only requirement is that the accident must have occurred during the normal course of your work duties.
For example, you may be covered if you were hurt by big equipment, injured by a slip and fall on your way to the bathroom, or were involved in an accident on the way to a client meeting. Getting into a fight in the cafeteria with another staff member, on the other hand, probably would not be, because that is outside of your normal work duties.
What Happens in a Workers’ Comp Claim?
You have four days in Colorado to report the injury or illness from the date you realize it happened. You have to report it in writing to your supervisor with details such as the date of the injury, your contact information, and the nature of the injury. Your employer will then complete an Employer’s First Report of Injury and submit it to the state, which will decide whether your injuries merit workers’ compensation coverage.
If you are denied, you can fight the denial, but having a workers’ compensation attorney like Heuser & Heuser, LLP, in your corner gives you a better chance of success. Call us for a free case review. It’s just that easy!
Can I Get Compensated for Lost Wages?
Yes, in Colorado you can get paid 66% of your average weekly wage up to a cap that changes every year. The length of time you receive this payment depends on the nature of your injury. If you suffer permanent partial disability or permanent total disability, you can receive benefits up to the normal retirement age of 65.
What Does ‘Make Whole’ Mean?
In Colorado, workers’ compensation includes a concept called “make whole.” This means that if you suffer from a temporary total disability and you exhaust your injury leave, your agency may use your sick time to make up the difference between your full take-home pay and the 66% temporary total disability you get from workers’ comp.
What Are Death Benefits?
If your spouse or parent dies as the result of a work accident, you could receive benefits equal to 66% of the spouse or parent’s average wages. For a spouse, these benefits are paid for life, or until they remarry. Children may be able to receive benefits until age 18, or until age 21 if they are a full-time student. Up to $7,000 in funeral expenses can also be collected.
Is There Any Way to Lose Workers’ Comp Benefits?
There are a number of things that could jeopardize your workers’ compensation benefits in Colorado. If your injury results from or is caused by your deliberate failure to use safety devices and methods required by your employer, or from working under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you can lose 50% of your benefits for your lost wages. You will, however, continue to get medical benefits until you reach maximum improvement.
If the claims adjuster determines that your injury did not happen during the normal scope of your job duties, your benefits can be denied entirely. If you find that you’re losing part or all of your benefits, call us now so we can use our experience to advocate for your rights.
What Does Maximum Medical Improvement Mean?
Maximum medical improvement, or MMI, is a legal term used to describe the point at which you have recovered to your fullest capacity. This is determined by your treating doctor, who will issue a statement that no further treatments can be recommended to help your condition.
After you reach a state of maximum medical improvement, your medical benefits from workers’ compensation can end. However, depending on the nature of your disability — if it is permanent, for example — you may still be eligible to collect benefits for lost wages.
What if My Employer Offers Me a Modified-Duty Job?
You should accept the modified-duty job, provided that it meets the restrictions placed on your performance abilities of your injury by your doctor. If you refuse such a position, it can endanger your benefits, and you might lose them entirely. If you are uncertain whether the offered position meets the restrictions your doctor has listed, contact your Pueblo, CO, workers’ comp lawyer for advice on your next best steps.
What if Workers’ Comp Closes My Claim Before I’m Well?
The Colorado state contracts with an organization called Broadspire to administer workers’ comp claims. Broadspire will automatically close a workers’ comp claim if there is no activity on the claim for 60 days. If your claim is closed and you still need to see a doctor, first call the insurance adjuster to reopen the claim. If they refuse to do so, you can request a hearing before an administrative law judge. Your qualified attorney at Heuser & Heuser, LLP, can help you pursue your claim. Help is a phone call away. It’s just that easy!
Can I Sue My Employer or Another Person?
In Colorado, you cannot sue your employer for an injury on the job because your injuries should be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. You forfeit the right to sue your employer personally when you accept a job that’s covered by workers’ compensation.
On the other hand, if your accident was caused by a third party that isn’t your employer or a co-worker, such as an auto accident that occurs on your way to a client meeting, you may have options. A personal injury claim could be worth more than a workers’ comp claim. To see if you qualify for a personal injury case, contact your workers’ comp attorney at Heuser & Heuser, LLP, for a free case review.
How Do I Check Up on My Claim?
If you filed a claim and haven’t heard anything, first check with your immediate supervisor, followed by your job’s workers’ comp liaison. In Colorado, you can contact Broadspire directly if nobody at your job has information or if you have never received a letter confirming your claim. Your best bet, in this case, is to work with a Colorado workers’ compensation attorney to get the results you need.