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An average of 112 work-related deaths happen annually in Colorado, with thousands more workers getting hurt on-the-job with non-fatal injuries. The damage this causes is incalculable, with many people left facing large medical bills and unable to support themselves or their loved ones because of the impact of their injuries. 

Colorado does provide protections to injured workers, though, and those who have been harmed can often recover damages from workers’ compensation even if their employers weren’t directly to blame. 

It’s often best to get help from a Denver work injury lawyer to assist in recovering compensation, as navigating the workers’ comp system can be complicated. At Daniels & Scriven, PC, we have more than 40 years of experience representing victims injured while performing work tasks. Let us put our knowledge and skill to work on your case to provide the compassionate advocacy you deserve. 

Give us a call at (720) 863-6006  today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about the ways in which our personal injury lawyers can help you after your work causes you to become hurt or sick. 

What Are Your Rights After a Denver Work Injury?

Injured workers cannot typically sue their employers under Colorado law. Instead, they must recover payment for losses through the workers’ compensation system. The details of this system are established in the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act

Under this Act, employers must purchase insurance coverage that pays for losses resulting from any on-the-job illness or injury regardless of who was at fault. While no pain and suffering damages are available, unlike with a typical personal injury claim, workers benefit by not having to prove company negligence to recover damages.

As long as you can prove you were hurt as a direct result of your job, you should be able to get compensation through the workers’ comp program. 

Compensation for A Denver Work Injury

Colorado Department of Labor explains the types of compensation you may be entitled to depending on your work injuries. This can include:

  • Temporary total disability benefits: These equal ⅔ of your average weekly wage every two weeks and are available if you’re completely unable to work or if your doctor imposes work restrictions your employer can’t accommodate. 
  • Temporary partial disability benefits: You’ll receive these benefits if you are allowed to go to work on restricted duty and you earn lower wages than normal. Benefits are based on the difference between your pre-injury and post-injury wages. 

Temporary benefits end when you’re given clearance to return to work at your pre-injury wage or when you reach maximum medical improvement. At that time, you may be entitled to permanent partial or total disability benefits.

Some workers’ receive a set amount of permanent disability benefits based on their scheduled impairment. CO Code § 8-42-107 (2022) lists specific types of permanent impairments and the amount of benefits you can receive for each. In other cases, you will have a non-scheduled or whole person impairment and benefits will be based on the percentage of loss your doctor determines. 

If you are unable to work for the rest of your life, you will receive permanent total disability benefits which are paid at the same amount as temporary total disability benefits.

There is a lifetime limit on disability benefits imposed by Colo. Rev. Stat. § 8-42-107.5 , which changes over time based on inflation. 

You should also have your medical costs paid by workers’ comp to treat your illness or injuries. 

Getting Help from a Denver Work Injury Lawyer

An on-the-job injury can change your life. At Daniels & Scriven, PC, our Denver work injury lawyers know the workers’ comp system inside and out and we can put our four decades of experience to work fighting for your rights. Give us a call today at (720) 863-6006  to schedule your free consultation and find out more about the assistance we can offer in getting the compensation you deserve.