Can Be Invaluable
Vigil & Alford, PLLC strives to provide aggressive and quality legal representation to Colorado employees who are injured while on the job.
Please note that if you are injured at work, immediately notify your employer in writing of your injury. Failure to do so within 4 days of your injury can seriously impair your case.
There are many important filing deadlines that need to be met if you intend to proceed with a Workers Compensation Claim. Therefore, it is important to call Vigil & Alford, PLLC immediately if you feel that you have been injured at work, or suffer from an occupational injury.
Rules pertaining to these injuries are primarily governed by the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act.
When the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act was enacted, it was the intent of the general assembly for the Workers’ Compensation Act of Colorado to be:
“…interpreted so as to assure the quick and efficient delivery of disability and medical benefits to injured workers at a reasonable cost to employers, without the necessity of any litigation, recognizing that the workers’ compensation system in Colorado is based on a mutual renunciation of common law rights and defenses by employers and employees alike.” See C.R.S. 102(1).
Essentially, the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act provides compensation to employees for injuries or occupational diseases that were caused by and arose out of the course and scope of employment.
Often it can be difficult to determine if an injury or occupational disease is “compensable” (payable) as it requires not only the injury, but a determination as to whether it arose out of the actual employment. There is often confusion in these matters as these circumstances are usually unique in each case.
Under the Workers’ Compensation Act, and employee may be compensated with medical benefits, temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, rehabilitation maintenance benefits, disfigurement, and/or permanent partial disability payments. Further, according to the Act:
“Every employer, regardless of said employer’s method of insurance, shall furnish such medical, surgical, dental, nursing, and hospital treatment, medical, hospital, and surgical supplies, crutches, and apparatus as may reasonably be needed at the time of the injury or occupational disease and thereafter during the disability to cure and relieve the employee from the effects of the injury.” See C.R.S. 8-42-101(1)(a).
The Colorado Workers Compensation Act can be viewed and/or downloaded at http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDLE-WorkComp/CDLE/1248095315983