The Colorado law covers all injuries that occur outside the state if the worker was hired in Colorado or regularly employed in our state. Whether someone was “hired” in Colorado has become less clear in our age of fax, emails, skype, and telecommuting. A Judge will consider a number of facts, including where the contract was formed, place where the offer was accepted, where the employer representatives who did the hiring were located, the intention of the parties, and where the last act necessary to the meeting of the minds or to complete the contract occurs.
So it is possible to have a Colorado work injury without having been physically present in Colorado.
So long as the injury occurs within six months of leaving (or being hired) in Colorado – then Colorado Law governs the benefits an injured worker receives.
As always, how this or any other case we discuss in this blog would apply to your case depends on many more factors. We urge you to call us to see if you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ Compensation is difficult, confusing, and very complex. Kaplan Morrell has helped thousands of injured workers since 1997 get the benefits they deserve. Contact us here or call us at 303-780-7329 for your FREE CONSULTATION.
Cite: Huffman v. Multiple Concrete and Farmington Casualty Company, WC 4-876-455 (Feb. 20, 2013).