Do I have to go to the company doctor?

by Patrick Spencer March 20, 2015
Do I have to see the company doctor?

It depends. In Colorado, if your employer doesn’t send you to a doctor, you may be able to pick your own doctor to treat your work injury. Colorado employers have the right to pick the doctor or clinic where you have to go for treatment. But your employer has to give you a list of […]

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When should you hire a Colorado workers’ compensation attorney?

by Patrick Spencer March 6, 2015
When should you hire a Colorado workers' comp attorney?

Don’t wait to talk to an attorney! The insurance company already has lawyers, adjusters, investigators, and nurse case managers on staff. And their goal is to work against you. They will deny or minimize your medical treatment and benefits. You can’t trust your employer or the insurance company to look out for your best interests. […]

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Is it legal for your boss to tell you that you’re a subcontractor, not an employee, and aren’t covered under workers’ comp?

by Patrick Spencer February 23, 2015
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There are several factors we look at to determine if you truly were a “subcontractor.” what were you told when you were hired? who paid your employment taxes? did the employer train you or give you detailed instructions? did you provide your own tools or equipment to do the job? Certain types of employers try to avoid […]

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Can I reopen a Colorado workers’ comp case that has been closed for several years?

by Patrick Spencer February 10, 2015
Can I reopen my Colorado workers' comp case?

You MIGHT be able to reopen your workers’ comp case, or at least part of the case. I recently received a question from a reader about reopening his case. My answer assumes that this case was closed by a Final Admission of Liability. In Colorado, it really depends on when the insurance company last paid benefits on […]

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Is travel for workers’ comp. medical treatment covered in Colorado?

by Patrick Spencer February 28, 2014
Travel reimbursement receipts for your workers' comp. claim

Q: I’m having knee surgery done in Vail CO. I live in Silt, CO (81 miles away). My doctor is requiring me to stay in Vail for a minimum of 5 nights so they may monitor progress and follow their physical therapy routine. That leaves me with $1000 lodging expense plus meals. I’m hoping I don’t get stuck with the […]

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