Colorado Workers’ Compensation: Reporting within time prescribed to be entitled to compensation

Aug 21, 2014 | WC & Other Laws

In a recent incident, a man was injured when one of the propane tanks being used in the construction site leaked. According to a CBS report, when he lit up the heater, it exploded. The man suffered burn injuries and was immediately rushed to the hospital. The worker was one of the construction crews who were working on a backyard pool in Cherry Hills Village.

Construction site injuries are not unusual incidents. Due to the nature of construction jobs, workers are often exposed to risk of accidents. When you get hurt while working, like when you suffer a life or limb threatening injury, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

When to Report Injury

An injury is life or limb threatening if it endangers a portion of one’s body or puts his life at risk in such a way that the person should seek prompt medical care. Such care is needed in order to prevent serious damage or death.

When injury occurs at work, notify your supervisor or employer immediately. Do this within four working days after the incident and make sure to report the incident in writing. Non-reporting within the period required may result to losing a day of compensation for each day’s delay.

Under Colorado laws, in case of disagreement as to the entitlement if the injured worker to receive compensation benefits, it is the worker who has the burden of proving that he is entitled to them. There are various reasons why a worker’s claim may be denied by the insurance company. For instance, the worker did not provide complete and accurate information. Another is because the insurance company believes that the injury is not work-related.

If the insurance company denies your claim, the consequence is that you would be paying all your medical bills. Because of this, it is important that you properly observe the rules of procedure when you suffer a work-related injury. Time limits have to be followed. In case of disagreements, you need to prove by preponderance of evidence that the injury occurred while at work.

If you have suffered an injury while at work and are unsure of what to do, or if you want to know more about workers’ compensation benefits, consult a workers’ compensation attorney now. Kaplan Morrell’s attorneys have been helping employees with their compensation-related concerns for more than 15 years. Call us at 303-780-7329. Trust only the best and experienced. Contact us today and stand up for your right!