Colorado Springs Workers' Compensation Lawyer
We Fight for Injured Workers in Southern Colorado
If you have been hurt in an accident on the job, then you are most likely
entitled to claim disability and medical benefits through workers'
compensation, also known as workers' comp. Workers' comp is a
no-fault insurance system, so it is not necessary to prove that your employer
is responsible for causing your injury or for allowing it to happen. Provided
that you did not cause the accident through willful negligence, you should
be eligible to recover benefits. You can receive full compensation for
any treatment you may require to achieve the maximum medical improvement.
This is the level of recovery at which your injury or illness has become
stable and is not expected to improve any further with continued treatment.
Workers' comp also pays disability benefits to help replace the wages
you lose as a result of the injury so that you can continue to support
yourself and your family. Unfortunately, many people are paid less than
they deserve or even have their claims denied outright. You can greatly
improve your chances of success in the situation by hiring an attorney
from our firm to represent you in your claim. Read below to learn more
about the various aspects of claiming workers' compensation benefits.
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About Workers' Compensation Claims
Workers' Comp Benefits
The benefits available through workers' comp are intended to offset
the significant economic impact of an injury on the job, including your
costs for medical care and the wages you lose during your recovery or
due to disability. The disability benefits are limited to only two-thirds
of your normal wages, so it is important to ensure that your claim is
approved for the full amount possible.
Workers' Comp FAQ
Make no mistake: Workers' compensation law is a complex subject. Fortunately,
you can find answers to all your questions by speaking with an attorney
from our firm. Start with reviewing our answers to some of the most common
questions about workers' comp benefits and appeals, and then contact
us for a free consultation.
Types of Accidents & Injuries
A worker can be injured on the job in an almost endless variety of situations,
but certain types of accidents are more common than others. Falls, electrocution,
being struck by objects, and even motor vehicle accidents are some of
the most widespread types of workplace accidents. These common accidents
and their associated injuries make workers' comp an essential program
for both employers and employees.
Filing for Workers' Comp
It is important to take action as soon as possible after being injured
on the job by notifying your employer and hiring an attorney who can help
you file your claim. We can assist you with gathering the necessary evidence
for your claim and will work to ensure that your application includes
all the necessary information to prove that you are eligible for full benefits.
Workers' Compensation Denials
It can be extremely frustrating and stressful to learn that your claim
for workers' comp benefits has been denied, as it places you at risk
of being unable to support your family and pay for the medical treatment
you require to make a full recovery. Many denials are based on errors
in the claim paperwork or a failure to include the necessary medical records
or other documentation. These mistakes can be corrected during an appeal.
If your claim for workers' compensation has been denied, then you
can contact us for help with appealing the decision. An attorney from
our team can review your claim to determine whether you have been wrongfully
denied, gather any additional evidence or medical records necessary to
make your case, and represent you in an appeal to recover the benefits
you need and deserve.
Workers' Comp Settlements
Workers' compensation benefits are typically paid out on a periodic
basis, with the beneficiary typically receiving a check once every two
weeks. The insurance company, however, will often offer a single lump-sum
payment to settle the case. This has the advantage of allowing you to
put the insurance claim behind you, but it is important to ensure that
the settlement offer is large enough to pay you what you deserve.
Rights of Injured Workers
When you have been injured on the job, it is important to understand your
legal rights in the situation. Remember: The insurance company, and even
your employer, are not necessarily on your side. They want to minimize
your claim or even deny it if at all possible. We can help you defend
your right to fair compensation so that you can resolve this situation
with the best possible financial and medical provisions for your recovery.
Unlike a personal injury claim, workers' compensation does not require
that you prove that your accident was caused or contributed to by your
employer. Workers' compensation is a no-fault system, so nearly any
accident on the job is covered, provided only that you did not cause the
accident through some form of willful negligence.
Suffering an injury at work can place you in a highly difficult situation.
You not only have to cope with the pain and suffering of the injury but
you also have to find a way to support your family while you are forced
out of work to recover. Perhaps you have even sustained a permanent disability.
To make matters worse, you have to figure out how to pay for the medical
treatment you will require to make a maximum physical recovery.
The major downside to workers' compensation is the fact that it only
pays a limited amount in wage-replacement benefits — only two-thirds
of your average weekly wages. If it can be proven that a third party caused
or contributed to the accident, then you may have grounds to file a personal
injury or wrongful death claim to recover full compensation for your medical
expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Many people who work in construction, the industrial sector, and similar
types of jobs are exposed to toxic chemicals on a daily basis in the form
of airborne particulates, liquids, fumes, and vapors. This often leads
to the development of an occupational-related illness, such as mesothelioma
caused by exposure to asbestos, for example.
Why Hire a Workers' Comp Lawyer
You have every right to file your workers' compensation claim on your
own, but it is not advisable that you do so. Workers' compensation
law is a complex subject, and the insurance company will likely do everything
it can to minimize or deny your claim. You need an experienced lawyer
on your side to guide you through the process and fight for your right
to the benefits you deserve.
Nationally Recognized for Experience & Skill
Clients can trust in our attorneys to deliver legal guidance of the highest
caliber. Our attorneys have earned numerous awards and recognitions for
their legal service, including:
- “National Ranking - Top 10 Attorney Award” from National Academy
of Family Law Attorneys (2016) – Matthew Clawson
- “National Top 100 Trial Lawyers” (2016) – Matthew Clawson
- “National Top 100 Trial Lawyers” (2016) – Michael Clawson
- “Colorado Springs CO Top 3 Divorce Lawyers” from 3 Best Rated
(2016) - Matthew Clawson
- “10 Best - Client Satisfaction Award for 2 Years” From American
Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2015/2016) – Matthew Clawson
- “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer of CO” from American Society of
Legal Advocates (2016) – Matthew Clawson
- “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer of CO” from American Society of
Legal Advocates (2016) – Michael Clawson
- “Best Lawyers in America” from Best Lawyers (2017 lucite/plaque)
– Michael Clawson
Speak with a Workers' Comp Attorney Today
We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible after you have been
injured on the job. The attorneys of Clawson & Clawson, LLP serve
clients in Colorado Springs and up and down the Front Range, from Pueblo
to Parker and Denver. Our attorneys have earned accolades including a
9.9 Superb score on lawyer-rating website Avvo, as well as local honors
such as the Best Attorney categories in the Best of the Springs and Best
of Colorado Springs for 2012. One of our lawyers is even a member of the
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, a distinction achieved by less
than 1% of attorneys nationwide. Contact us now for a free consultation
to discuss the circumstances of your case and take the first steps in
your claim for benefits. This may be a difficult experience, but we are
ready to put our 120 years of combined experience to work for you!