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Colorado Workers’ Compensation Claim Timelines: A Helpful Overview

Workers compensation benefits can provide you with essential financial support while you recover from a workplace injury – but the journey to getting them can be complicated, especially considering that: There are various timelines that have to be met in order for claims to proceed smoothly. Missing Colorado workers compensation claim timelines can result in […]

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2015 Colorado Workers’ Comp Insurance Premiums Won’t Increase for Many Employers

2015 Colorado workers’ comp insurance premiums will not cost more for the average employer, as the “loss costs” of these premiums did not spike for the first time since 2010. As the Colorado Division of Insurance (CDI) recently noted, this is due to the fact that a substantial number people who experienced workplace injuries ended […]

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5 Simple Tips for Preventing Winter Slip and Falls at Work

The cold and icy conditions of wintertime in Colorado can increase the chances that people will experience slip and fall accidents anywhere – including at work. In fact, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, over the past year, workers compensation claims in the U.S. that were related to injuries from winter slip and fall […]

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Is Workplace Noise Exposure “A Growing National Problem”? The ATA Thinks So…

Each year in the U.S., roughly 30 million American workers are exposed to excessive noise in their workplaces, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Such dangerous levels of consistent workplace noise exposure can put workers at risk of sustaining serious injuries, including: Tinnitus Hyperacusis Deafness Physical and emotional stress. The […]

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Preventing Workplace Back Injuries with Office Ergonomics (Pt. 2)

Picking up from where Preventing Workplace Back Injuries with Office Ergonomics (Pt. 1) left off, here we will continue discussing how sedentary workers can minimize their risk of developing workplace back injuries. While the first part of this blog focused on some of the specific risks these workers face, below, we will point out the […]

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Preventing Workplace Back Injuries with Office Ergonomics (Pt. 1)

Back injuries can be some of the most painful and debilitating types of workplace injuries people can sustain, as these impairments can end up impacting people’s abilities to move around or even sit for extended periods of time. Despite the fact that many back injuries arise from a single accident or traumatic incident, in some […]

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Workers’ Compensation Benefits vs. Social Security Disability Benefits (Pt. 2)

Continuing from where we left off in Workers’ Compensation Benefits vs. Social Security Disability Benefits (Pt. 1), below we will resume our discussion regarding some of the important differences between Social Security disability benefits and workers’ compensation benefits for people who’ve sustained permanent impairments as a result of workplace accidents and injuries. In addition to […]

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Workers’ Compensation Benefits vs. Social Security Disability Benefits (Pt. 1)

When a workplace injury is severe enough to result in permanent impairments, the injured person may be able to seek compensation for his injuries and losses via the Colorado workers’ compensation system and/or via the Social Security disability system. While the amounts of these benefits can differ (as can the process of obtaining these benefits), […]

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5 Things to Know about Workers’ Compensation Fraud (Part 2)

Wrapping up our two-part blog 5 Things to Know about Workers’ Compensation Fraud, below is some more important information regarding workers’ compensation fraud. If you have specific questions regarding workers’ compensation benefits and would like to know more about your rights and options, contact the Law Office of Steven J. Picardi. We are happy to answer […]

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5 Things to Know about Workers’ Compensation Fraud (Part 1)

Workers’ compensation benefits are intended to provide injured workers with financial support as they focus on recovering from on-the-job injuries. Despite the fact that this system has limited resources and that many people who apply for these benefits have a real need for them, there are some people who may try to take advantage of […]

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Fatal Work Injury News: Deadliest Cities for American Workers

Smaller cities that are focused on a certain industry tend to be the most dangerous for American workers, as they are where the most fatal work injuries and occupational illnesses tend to arise (according to data gathered by various federal agencies). In fact, recently released data indicates that the following are the deadliest cities for […]

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Cold Weather Injuries and How Outdoor Workers Can Avoid Them

If you work outdoors, then the winter season can be a particular dangerous time, especially if you are in the Midwest or Northeast, as the record-breaking cold temperatures have made it riskier than ever to be outside for extended periods of time. Whether this is your first winter working outdoors or you have been facing […]

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An Overview of Whole Person Ratings

When you are injured while working and sustain some type of permanent disability or impairment as a result of this injury: You will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Compensation for your permanent impairment will be based on either an extremity rating or a whole person rating. While extremity ratings are generally used in cases […]

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Workers’ Compensation Fraud (Part 2)

As a continuation of Workers’ Compensation Fraud (Part 1), the following provides some further information regarding illegal workers’ compensation claims. While Part 1 of this blog provided a comprehensive definition of what constitutes workers’ compensation fraud, here in Part 2, we will focus on the criminal penalties for those who are charged with and convicted […]

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Workers’ Compensation Fraud (Part 1)

While fraud generally refers to the criminal act of intentionally deceiving some entity in order to further one’s personal financial gain, workers’ compensation fraud is specifically defined as the act of intentionally making false statements or representations to the Division of Workers’ Compensation in Colorado in order to secure payments or any type of benefit […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury Facts and Statistics (Part 2)

Continuing from Traumatic Brain Injury Facts and Statistics (Part 1), here is some additional important information for workers who may have sustained a mild to moderate TBI on the job. While Part 1 of this blog focused on defining what traumatic brain injury is, how it can happen at work and what the symptoms of […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury Facts and Statistics (Part 1)

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to any condition in which a temporary or permanent brain dysfunction arises due to a violent blow to the head or some object penetrating the skull. While a number of events can result in traumatic brain injuries, when TBIs occur on the job, the following factors or incidents may be […]

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