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Kaplan Morrell

Denver Disability

Social Media and Workers’ Compensation – Colorado

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Well, good morning. today, I wanted to talk with you briefly about what happens if you’re injured and you are on social media. That particular topic came into full focus this week with a client of mine and a client that was not mine. Let me talk about the client that wasn’t mine. A law…

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You Won’t Believe the Unusual Injuries Covered by Workers’ Comp

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Workers’ Compensation is an important employee benefit and right. It’s designed to pay for treatment associated with injuries and illnesses that occur as you perform duties associated with your job. However, it can cover eight unusual injuries you may have never considered before now. Company Events At the company picnic, you trip while playing volleyball…

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How Trump May Affect Workers' Compensation In Colorado

The new Trump administration has ushered in some changes that many Americans weren’t quite prepared for, and much of the impact is not yet fully known. After all, he’s only been in office for a little over four months, and many changes are yet to come. With respect to workers’ compensation (work comp) benefits, the…

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Social Security Recipients Second Amendment Rights preserved Having a Representative Payee No Longer Prevents You From Owning a Firearm

In February 2017, the House of Representatives voted to “overturn an Obama administration rule” that required the Social Security Administration to “forward the names of all Social Security Disability Insurance . . . benefit recipients who use a representative payee . . . to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System . . ..” Reaction…

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What a Difference An "AND" Makes In Colorado Work Injuries

THE Industrial Claims Appeals Office (ICAO) HIGHLIGHTS A MAJOR LIMITATION ON MAINTENANCE MEDICAL CARE Intersection between a law with a later statute creates a major distinction for injured workers’ medical care rights. Lola Chism injured her left shoulder in July 2009 in an admitted work injury.  Following what was described as “considerable” physical therapy, and…

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Appeals Office Shifts the Burden to Injured Workers in Responsible for Termination Claims

Injured Workers must now be ready to provide evidence explaining that work absences weren’t their fault. Injured workers who lose their job while treating for a work injury are entitled to lost wage benefits, called Temporary Total Disability.  However the Colorado Legislature changed the law allowing employers to avoid paying lost wages to injured workers when…

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Case Update: If The Insurance Carrier Shuts Off My Lost Wage Benefits – Can I Get Penalties?

MacDougal v. ICAO, Bridgestone Retail Tire Operations The Court of Appeals put out an (unpublished) opinion affirming the denial of penalties against an adjuster for failing to reinstate lost wage benefits (TTD). On February 6, 2015, a Physician’s Assistant (PA) – not the actual Authorized Treating Physician – placed the injured worker at maximum medical…

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Employees Get a Bad Rap for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Workers’ Compensation fraud. Quick! What immediately comes to mind? Is it some guy playing golf, shooting baskets or mowing the lawn while a PI looks on covertly with a video camera, or some other similar scenario?  It’s no surprise if that’s the case. Injured employees get a pretty bad rap when it comes to public…

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