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Archive | June, 2014

Statutory Changes – Reimbursement to Claimant to Attend an IME

The legislature amended § 8-43-404(1)(b)(I) to require a respondent to reimburse a claimant for uncompensated wage loss up to $75.00 per day for attending an independent medical examination requested by the employer/insurer. Note that the amendment requires reimbursement only for “uncompensated” wage loss. Thus, if the employer pays an hourly employee (or does not charge […]

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Division Posts 2014 Compensation Rates – New Lump Sum Maximum

The Division of Workers’ Compensation has posted the new compensation rates, effective for injuries on or after July 1, 2014: Maximum Compensation Benefit Rate: $881.65 per week. Scheduled Impairment Rate: $277.03 per week. Whole Person PPD Rate: $484.44 per week. Disfigurement: $4,673.47/$9,345.38. Lump Sums*: $81,435.67. *The Colorado Legislature amended §8-43-406 to increase the aggregate of […]

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“Significant Causative Factor” Applied to Deny Permanent Total Disability Benefits to a Worker Without Prior Permanent Restrictions

It has long been the law that although a claimant is not required to establish that an industrial injury is the sole cause of an alleged inability to earn wages, the claimant must nonetheless demonstrate that the industrial injury is a “significant causative factor” in her alleged permanent total disability. Under this test, the Administrative […]

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