While nearly everyone is familiar with the term “worker’s compensation” or “worker’s comp,” there’s still a lot of confusion about what it is and what it actually covers.
If you’ve been injured on the job, or become ill due to your job or workplace, you may be entitled to worker’s compensation. The Kitch Law Firm has over thirty-three (33) years of experience in worker’s compensation claims and can advocate for your rights. Call us today at 303.670.3923 for a no-obligation consultation.
Here are a few of the most common questions our clients ask:
This question doesn’t have a clear-cut answer—or at least not without knowing the circumstances of your employment. For example, some agricultural employees might not be covered, and states have different standards regarding independent workers, etc. Also, in some cases (such as employee intoxication) additional factors are taken into account. Each case is different, which is why we always recommend having an attorney.
This also depends on the circumstances. If you return to work and receive wages that are equal to or greater than what you were earning previously, you may no longer be entitled to compensation. If your wages are lower than they were previously, your compensation may continue at a lower rate.
The worker’s compensation system should be straightforward, but it isn’t. Most employers don’t have a real good understanding of the ever changing and complex law. That’s why it’s so important to have an experienced Colorado worker’s compensation attorney at your side. Call 303.670.3923 today.
Worker’s compensation is often described as a “no-fault” system. While this is true in that negligence doesn’t always have to be proven (or disproven), there are exceptions to the rule, such as drug use, intoxication, fraudulently representing your work abilities, and self-injury.
You may still be entitled if your injury was related to your job or occurred within the scope of your duties as an employee. If you are injured on a business trip, for example, there may be an opportunity to receive compensation for your injuries. If you are required to run errands outside of your workplace during your workday, you may be entitled to compensation if you are injured in the process.
Typically, worker’s compensation is a replacement for suing. In fact, it benefits employers by making them invulnerable to lawsuits by employees. But as is often the case with the law, there are exceptions. Call us today with all of your worker’s comp related questions!
Marsha A. Kitch, Esq. is one of the most experienced worker’s compensation lawyers in Colorado. The law is on your side, but sometimes you need an expert to make it work for you. That someone is Ms. Kitch. Call today for a consultation at 303.670.3923!