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Denver Workers' Compensation

If you are injured on the job, the life that you used to lead can come tumbling down around you. You may experience lost wages, inadequate medical care, harassment on the job, or even be fired. You will need a workers' compensation attorney.

 

 

If you are injured on the job you are entitled to benefits including:

  • Payment of your medical care which is reasonable, necessary and related to your on the job injury;
  • Payment of lost wages for the period of time a doctor has taken you off of work for the injury;
  • Payment for prescriptions related to the injury;
  • A LUMP SUM PAYMENT FOR PERMANENT DISABILITY;
  • Payment for mileage traveled to obtain medical care; and
  • Disfigurement benefits which are capped at $9,007 with small increases for cost of living adjustments.

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IMPORTANT: You have a right to reopen your claim for up to 6 years after the date of the accident or 2 years from the last medical care if you experience a worsening in condition.

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If you have been injured on the job, chances are you don’t know where to start. Let Mark A. Simon personally handle your claim and guide you through the process to economic and physical recovery. As a dependable source of council, Mr. Simon possesses decades of experience, and knows how to approach your claim to maximize the benefits and recovery.

Continuing Legal Education:

Insurance companies have a statutory right to assign particular doctors to give care. These doctors tend to be “conservative” in their treatment and medical care of the injured. The injured worker can seek second opinions and other healthcare, as procedures do exist for injured workers to change physicians if done at the beginning of the proceedings.

Authorized treating physician's opinions can be reviewed by other physicians in the Division of Workers' Compensation system. Mark A. Simon has vast experience as a trusted workers' comp attorney Denver depends on – with 25 years in managing these matters and can help direct you or someone you know to the appropriate doctor.

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5 Ways to Improve Warehouse Safety to Avoid Workmans' Comp Claims


August 29, 2018

With an increase in demand for shipments, thanks to online ordering and more drop shipment options, there is such a great need to practice safety precautions in warehouses. Moving into some of the peak online ordering season, now is the best time to ensure your warehouse environment is prepare and regroup. Use these tips to avoid workmans’ comp claims at your business.

Have Protocols and Precautionary Safety Measures for Accidents


Slips, trips, falls, and other accidents account for a large number of warehouse incidents each year. If your company has outdated safety information, or none at all now, make it a priority to add. According to the OSHA Pocket Guide (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), some of the most common problems warehouse face include:
 
  • Forklifts accidents
  • Electrical systems and wiring incidents
  • Improper storage
  • Problems due to the door and wall openings
  • Exit-way accidents
  • Transmission failure
  • Not wearing a respirator in toxic areas
  • Lack of accessible fire extinguishers
  • Repetition in the workday
  • Blocked pathways
  • Hazardous material areas
  • Improper lock in and out procedures
  • Not using equipment properly
  • Disregarding proper lift techniques

As a team, work to create a master list of all potential hazards in your workplace. From there, create strategies on how to safely manage throughout each of these tasks. It also is beneficial to have annual sessions to freshen up on workplace training. This is a great way to revisit this hazards list and add anything new that has occurred in the last year.

It is crucial for all employees to practice all safety precautions in the warehouse to avoid injuries. Also, if OSHA decides to pay you a visit, dangerous environments can also be a costly write-up. Avoid all problems by having standards in place and practiced regularly.

Safety Committee to Host Routine Safety Trainings and Provide Signage


One of the top ways to bring something to the forefront is to make a routine out of it. For warehouse safety, put together a committee that is responsible for safety branding initiatives. A task for the team is to host monthly, mandatory safety meetings. Time is money, so it is important these meetings are as brief and to the point as possible. Have a safety topic each month where information is shared and build a community where the staff is proud to practice warehouse safety.

The committee should also be in charge of safety signage and awareness for the workplace. There can be a mix of lists that have all safety information—and small reminders, too. For instance, some of the smaller signage could note:
 
  • Steel-toe boot area
  • Wear a helmet and protective gear as needed
  • Use knees to lift heavy boxes
  • Wear harness in this area
  • Caution: High forklift traffic area

Tailor each of these signs to your particular business, based on your warehouse’s best practices. It is important that the signs be designed well and clear to read. If you have a marketing department in-house, connect with them for assistance on signage. If not, research the best signmaking in Denver, CO to find a company that you can work with.

Practice Proper Forklift Skills


One of the go-to reasons for accidents in a warehouse is forklift incidents. Some tips for practicing forklift safety measures are:
 
  • Prior to use, inspect the forklift to ensure it is in good condition. It is also important to check fluids and mechanical features to ensure it is in working order. Check for damaged wires on electric units and gas issues on internal combustion units.
  • Always wear a seat belt
  • Only one person in a forklift at one time
  • When hauling a load, make sure it is always behind you and not in front
  • Avoid speeding
  • If you need to drive in the opposite direction, stop and look around you before proceeding
  • Do not turn while in a sloped surface
  • Wear proper shoes and gear while operating
  • Give your full attention when operating
  • Remove any debris in the route you will travel in your forklift (i.e. boxes or other machinery)
  • Never travel down an aisle or walkway without looking for people and sending an audible signal of your presence
  • Do not operate in dark warehouses without headlights
  • Avoid rushing through loading and unloading

Perform Random Safety Checks


In order to ensure procedures are being followed, conduct random safety checks throughout the year. Ideally, having a consequence to not following the rules is a best practice to ensure employees do. It also serves as a great reminder to follow all rules knowing they could be observed at any time.

A best practice is to conduct them randomly. It can be an entire group or one person during the checks. When employees know they may have a negative consequence, they will be more apt to stick to the guidelines

Create Rewards Program for Employee Safety


To complement consequences for poor workplace safety behaviors, it is important to build morale for following protocol. Work with your team to find a rewards system for employees who follow safety precautions. A great idea to help keep track is to buy a sign that notes how many days has passed without a workplace accident. Update each day that there has not been an incident at work. Set goals and have a reward, such as time off or a free lunch, to reward for a specific amount of days without a workplace accident.

Remember, a safe environment is a happy one! If you are injured in the workplace, especially if it is due to a problem with your job, you may want to speak with an attorney. Mark A. Simon is your premier, local Denver workers’ compensation attorney. As you work to restore the quality of your health, take advantage of his services for any problems with your claim. He will help with denied claims and ones with issues to ensure you get the settlement you deserve. From temporary total and permanent disability to permanent total disability, his knowledge and expertise will help you win your case. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 303-321-HURT.
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Causes for Denver Workman’s’ Compensation Personal Total Disability Benefits


July 18, 2018

In certain unfortunate circumstances or poor work conditions, an injury or illness can leave a person unable to work. Upon being examined by a doctor, under their recommendation, you may be eligible for personal total disability benefits under Denver workman’s compensation. As an employee, it is important for you to know your rights.

What is Personal Total Disability

An employee that has been hurt on the job, or sustained a job-related illness, and is no longer able to work may be able to receive personal total disability benefits. This is the most extreme of workers’ compensation benefits and must go through several steps to prove the situation. Because it requires so much review, it is one of the hardest types of disability to receive.

Based on the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s disability and benefits, permanent total disability benefits are set on two-thirds of a person’s weekly pay. This amount is based on the existing pay during the time of the person’s accident. If approved, the amount will be paid to a person for the rest of their life.  

Common Causes

There are quite a few job responsibilities or professions that are more prone to a person receiving personal total disability benefits. Some of these include:
  • Auto accidents
  • Dangerous slips and falls
  • Equipment malfunction leading to loss of limbs
  • Respiratory issues
  • Loss of vision or hearing
  • Heart failure
Ultimately, if you have sustained an injury or illness that leaves you permanently unable to work in any profession, you have a case to discuss.

How the Process Works

In order to see if you qualify for personal total disability benefits, you will need to be thoroughly checked out by a doctor. They have an assessment to review under the insurance. If will be able to work again in a different capacity, you may instead be eligible for partial disability benefits. For partial benefits, there is a specific set of guidelines that calculate the amount. You can speak with your local attorney on how the process works and best guidelines for your individual situation. In certain situations, you may be paid a lump sum of money as opposed to weekly pay. For total disability, you will be paid weekly or bi-weekly. You can discuss with your attorney if a settlement is possible for your claim as well. There are many cases of permanent total disability benefits, as well as arguments that can be made against it. This is why it is best to know who your go-to attorney is that can help you fight for your case, so you can have the best quality of life as possible.

If you have been injured on the job or have an illness that has made it impossible for you to work, Mark A. Simon is your premier workers’ compensation attorney. With more than two decades in this profession, he is the top person for the job that will work with you to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve. Call our office today at 303-321-HURT for your free consultation.
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Denver Workers Compensation Attorney Answers FAQs


August 30, 2017

The law can be difficult to understand sometimes, so we know that many people in the state of Colorado may not be familiar with the ins and outs of workers’ compensation. Learn the basics by reading the answers to these frequently asked questions, provided by a Denver workers compensation attorney.

How soon do I need to report my injury?

It’s strongly recommended that you report your injury to your employer as soon as it happens. However, if the injury is severe or life threatening, it’s more important to seek medical attention than it is to talk to your employer right away.

Injured workers have four days from the date of the injury to report the incident to their employer. If you report it after this four-day period, it’s possible that you will lose some of the benefits that you deserve. Make sure that you meet this tight deadline so you receive as much compensation as possible. If you are physically unable to notify your employer within four days, ask someone else to do it on your behalf.

Who is covered by workers’ compensation laws?

The vast majority of employees are entitled to receive workers’ compensation if they are injured at work. But, there are some workers who are not eligible, including independent contractors, part-time domestic workers, and individuals who perform farm work or maintenance work for less than $2,000 per year.

How will you be compensated?

If your claim is approved, workers’ compensation will cover all of your healthcare expenses related to your injury. Injured workers are also eligible to receive either temporary disability or permanent disability payments. The former compensates workers who are temporarily unable to work, while the latter compensates workers who will never be able to fully recover from their injuries.

Workers’ compensation also pays death benefits to families who have lost a loved one due to a work-related injury. In this tragic situation, the family would also receive a lump sum from the insurance company to cover funeral expenses.

Can a workers’ compensation claim be denied?

Yes. Many claims are denied if the injured party does not provide enough information. To avoid this problem, make sure you provide medical records that clearly show the extent of your injury. Claims can also be denied if the insurance company does not believe that the injury occurred at work. Learn why your workers’ compensation claim could be denied.

Who decides if a claim is approved or denied?

Many injured workers believe their employer decides if a claim is approved, but that’s not the case. It is the insurer’s responsibility to review the information that you have provided in the claim and decide whether to approve or deny it.

If you have been injured at work, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Mark A. Simon will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the benefits that you deserve. Call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your right to recover compensation during a free consultation.
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Part Two: Applying for Workers’ Compensation in Denver? Avoid These Mistakes


November 9, 2016

In part one, we discussed a few of the mistakes you could make when applying for workers’ compensation in Denver that may ruin your case. But, those mistakes were just the beginning. Here’s a look at some others that could seriously impact your workers’ compensation case:
 
Mistake: Using your employer’s doctor.
After you are injured at work, your employer may suggest you see a doctor they have on staff to treat your injuries. Your employer could even phrase it in a way that suggests you have to see this doctor, but that’s not the case. Don’t let your employer pressure you to see a doctor they are affiliated with. Instead, choose a doctor that you trust and respect, and feel free to get a second opinion if you’d like. Your employer cannot dictate what doctor you see, so don’t let this affect your case.
 
Mistake: Not returning to work when the doctor tells you.
Some doctors will tell you to return to work and perform other, lighter duties until you have completely healed. If you don’t follow these orders, and choose to stay at home instead, your employer will be able to argue you clearly do not want to work. They will claim you are trying to receive workers’ compensation just to get out of having to work on a daily basis. As we said before, always follow doctor’s orders, especially when it has to do with returning to work.
 
Mistake: Not double-checking the calculated average weekly wage.
An insurance adjustor will calculate how much you are entitled to by looking at your average weekly wages. But, don’t just accept whatever value they give you. Insurance adjustors may try to lower the value they place on your average weekly wage so you don’t receive as much workers’ compensation. The adjustor may forget to add in your per diem, overtime or tips, which means you will end up receiving far less than you actually deserve. This could severely impact the quality of your life as you recover from the injuries you suffered at work, so pay close attention to these calculations. Check the insurance adjuster's work by using this average weekly wage worksheet.
 
Mistake: Giving a recorded statement to the insurance company.
You may have heard the term “you have the right to remain silent” used in criminal cases, but it applies in workers’ compensation cases, too. Anything you say to your employer’s insurance company could be twisted around and used against you, so it is always recommended that you stay silent. Insurance companies may even try to tell you this is a required step in the process or they can’t move forward with your claim until you give a statement, but don’t let them fool you. If you ever need assistance dealing with an insurance company, speak with an attorney.
 
If you do have any questions about workers’ compensation, attorney Mark A. Simon can help. If you have been injured on the job, call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your rights during a free consultation.
 
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Top OSHA Violations from your Denver Workers Compensation Attorney


September 14, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists within the Department of Labor. Their top goal is to ensure employee health and safety. They have standards that each field must adopt to ensure employees do not get injured. Accidents do happen which result in the need for a local Denver workers compensation attorney. However, by following OSHA’s standards, you can ensure your worksite does not get fined for violating procedures. You can also rest easy working in a safe environment. Here are some of the top OSHA violations you should avoid in your own workplace.
  1. Fall Protection: When employees work above six feet in the air, fall protection is required. In 2015, Safety + Health’s “OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations” article said there were over 7,400 fall protection violations. This includes residential construction violations, unprotected sides and edges, roof work and lack of protection available when working around holes. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure employees safety. There must be rails around edges, protection over holes and safety harnesses available if suspended or working in a somewhat suspended environment. OSHA will have to put out a citation if a work environment does not protect against these issues, the working environment is unsafe, protective gear is not provided and employees do not know their basic hazardous information.
  2. Hazard Communication: Employees are entitled the right to know about the dangers of hazardous materials they may be exposed to. For everyone’s safety, it is best to keep everyone informed. Safety + Health said there were just over 5,600 of these violations in 2015. Workplaces were cited for not having a hazard communication program in place, not providing enough information on the hazards, lack of safety data sheets, employee training and maintenance of safety information. All workplaces that work with hazardous chemicals, employees must be aware. In addition, manufacturers of the chemicals must also properly label them with proper signage to assist with the requirements.
  3. Scaffolding: In work environments that use scaffolding, it must be properly setup by a qualified individual. There are set requirements for the setup of quality scaffolding to protect workers. The over 4,600 violations in 2015 were written up due to employee fall issues, lack of access, improper platforms and guard rails and poor foundation. According to OSHA, all footing and anchors on scaffolding must be sound and can surely sustain their maximum weight limit. This means that items such as boxes, bricks, concrete blocks, etc. cannot be use to support the scaffolding. It must work in its original state.
When suffering from an on-the-job injury, the premier law office of Mark A. Simon can help. Mark is your go-to Denver workers compensation attorney that can help you with your claim and get you the settlement that you are entitled to. Learn more about temporary and permanent disability information and give Mark a call for help! With over 22 years of trusted experience, including a previous background as a registered nurse, Mark knows what you are going through and can help every step of the way. Call him at 303-321-4878.
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