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When it comes to marijuana use on-the-job, the best advice is “don’t do it!” Contrary to what you may believe, whether for medical or recreational uses, your right to toke is not protected by law in the work environment. Colorado has legalized both the medical and recreational consumption of marijuana, but our state laws still…

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Let’s say you have a workers’ compensation claim in Colorado and your Denver workers’ compensation attorney has worked with you to get you as much help as possible. You’ve gone through the process of healing and your workers’ compensation doctor has placed you at maximum medical improvement after the injury. Your Denver workers’ compensation lawyer…

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Pinnacol Assurance is the State Compensation Insurance Agency for the state of Colorado. One hundred years ago, Colorado was one of the first states to create a state agency responsible for compensation to have a safety net for Colorado employers and workers. Denver disability attorneys and Denver disability lawyers work with Pinnacol to give workers…

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Don’t underestimate the power of a “Pain Diagram”. At the very least, a Pain Diagram should be completed every time you see the primary care physician. Ideally, a Pain Diagram should be completed any time a physician or therapist examines you. A Pain Diagram can be helpful in a couple of different ways. First, the…

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The Social Security Administration published new guidelines for evaluating fibromyalgia in its disability cases on July 25, 2012.  The purpose of the Ruling is to assist SSA’s decision makers in evaluating disability claims with allegations of fibromyalgia.  According to the  Ruling,  fibromyalgia “is a complex medical condition characterized primarily by widespread pain in the joints, muscles, tendons…

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Starting March 1, 2013, all Federal benefits, including Social Security payments, went electronic. There are no more paper checks. Social Security beneficiaries here in Colorado as well as across the country will receive their payments by direct deposit or on a debit card. For any Social Security beneficiary who does not choose an option for…

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According to an August 8, 2012, PRNewsire press release, D.C.-based advocacy group “Our Generation” has released a report entitled “Social Security Disability Insurance – an Entitlement in Need of Reform.” In the report, the non-profit think-tank elaborates on the problems with the current Social Security disability system and suggests ways that the federal disability program…

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A report from the US Senate Subcommittee on Investigations minority staff released this month alleges that SSA erroneously awarded disability benefits in more than 25% of the claims  it processes.   The investigation looked at 300 cases over three counties in the US to come to this conclusion.  The very small sample size is the…

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