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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Patrick Spencer Joins WCEA Board

by Patrick Spencer February 24, 2014
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I have been asked to serve on the board of the Workers’ Compensation Education Association (WCEA). For years, the WCEA has been a strong advocate for injured workers in Colorado. The WCEA is made up of attorneys specializing in workers’ compensation law. Each attorney only represents injured workers – not insurance companies or employers. I have been a member […]

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Am I being watched?

by Patrick Spencer February 19, 2014
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Workers compensation insurance companies and defense lawyers in Colorado often use private investigators to follow injured workers to try to catch them doing things that are inconsistent with their doctor’s restrictions. If you have filed a Colorado workers’ comp. claim, you should assume that you’re under surveillance. Investigators will follow you from your house to […]

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