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Call on a professional when pursuing workers' compensation

Many injured Denver employees seeking workers' compensation or appealing a denied claim have thoughts along these lines at some point. They may feel as if working with a legal representative means they are being unnecessarily cautious, or even aggressive.

Think about the other times in your life when working with an attorney is understood to be an asset. You likely would not consider going through a divorce without a legal representative, especially if there were complicated financial matters involved. As the executor of a will for a deceased loved one, you'd likely work closely with a legal professional experienced in this field to ensure everything is done by the book. These are just a few examples; our readers can probably think of many more.

Common hazards nurses face on the job

As a nurse in Colorado, you probably find your job to be rewarding and challenging as well as busy and hectic at times. It can give you a great deal of satisfaction to help others and make a difference in the lives of your patients and their families. While you may love your job, you need to be aware of some of the challenges you face as a nurse that might impact your health or safety.

While there is normally some paperwork involved in your job, nursing is primarily a physical field. You are always lifting patients or equipment, bending and twisting, and walking miles during each shift. Additionally, your job can cause emotional stress and fatigue. These factors can combine to adversely affect your own health while you are working hard to improve the health of others.

Basic first steps to take when injured on the job

When an employee suffers an injury on the job in Colorado, there are procedures that he or she must follow to receive coverage by workers’ compensation insurance.

These procedures are designed to ensure that the employee receives proper medical treatment for that injury or wage coverage for missed time from work.

What if an employer retaliates for reporting an OSHA violation?

All too often, unsafe working conditions go unreported. Employees may feel that their employer will retaliate against them if they raise an issue; many have faced punishment ranging from reduced hours or being skipped for a promotion to being denied benefits or even fired. What can Denver workers do when faced with retaliation for trying to prevent a workplace accident or correct a possible OSHA violation on the job?

One step that can be taken is reporting the situation using OSHA's online whistleblower complaint form, accessible via the agency's website at the link below. The online form is for employees who have reported an OSHA violation or done something similarly protected by federal whistleblower laws, and when their employer learned about it, took some kind of punitive measure against the employee based on the report or other action. Once a complaint is submitted, the agency will reach out to the employee directly and may decide to launch an investigation.

Hit-and-run accident? Turn to a personal injury professional

Our last post here on our Denver Personal Injury Law Blog raised a particularly difficult and painful scenario. What happens when a hit-and-run driver gets away after a motor vehicle accident?

Fortunately, the suspect in that post was eventually caught. We say "fortunately" because without knowing at least the identity of the driver in such an accident, victims and their family members will find it much more difficult to obtain compensation for their losses through a personal injury or wrongful death suit. Uninsured motorist coverage can help with financial support to a certain extent, but not to the level that a jury can award in a lawsuit.

Is your teen getting too confident in his or her driving?

For many young people, getting a driver's license is a sign that adulthood is not far off. With a license and a vehicle, teens have more independence than ever before. Often, parents appreciate this freedom too, as teens can help with transporting younger siblings and doing errands.

One interesting thing, though, is that quite a few teen drivers become overconfident in their driving abilities or just plain careless about driving. They start their journey toward having a driver's license with caution, following speed limits, staying off their cellphones and parking away from other vehicles. Given enough time, perhaps even just months, they transform into drivers who chat on their cellphones and text. If this sounds like something that has happened to your teen or could potentially happen, what can you do about it?

Victim's family suspects drunk driving in fatal accident

There are few things more terrifying and tragic than a fatal car accident, but a hit-and-run accident only adds to the already-horrific nature of a car accident. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are all too common, and sadly, there can sometimes be concerns about whether the driver was operating the vehicle while intoxicated.

Recently, the driver involved in a recent and fatal hit-and-run accident in Parker County was apprehended by law enforcement. Earlier this month, a woman was struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding on her motorcycle. The woman had been turning onto a highway with her husband and friends when she was struck from behind by an unknown driver. Witnesses rushed out of a nearby café to follow the driver.

The injury risks of working in health care

If you work in a health care setting, you may already know the many risks for injury that you are exposed to on a daily basis. The general public may not think about these, especially because health care workers are the very people who the public turns to when they themselves need help in treatment and recovery from injury. However, as a worker in the health care sector, you have a high risk of sustaining particular types of workplace injuries.

Knowing about those risks and how to handle them, as well as what to do if you should sustain an injury while performing the tasks of your health care industry job, is an important step for your overall on-the-job safety. The following list provides a few examples of the workplace injury risks to nurses and others in the health care industry.

Tragic motor vehicle accident claims a cyclist's life

Auto-bike accidents can be very serious and easily lead to life-threatening injury. W Unlike occupants of cars and trucks, bicyclists are exposed to the elements.

In a recent local tragedy, a bicyclist was killed in a motor vehicle accident with a vehicle. Police stated that the collision took place at East Smith Road and Tower Road, and the driver of the car remained at the scene of the accident. The cause of the accident, as well as the names of the deceased and the driver, have yet to be announced. Unfortunately, these sorts of accidents are all too common in Denver.

Fractures and sprains are common injuries for caregivers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has compiled statistics indicating hospitals are among the most hazardous places for people to work. Nurses and other healthcare workers face unique circumstances in their duties that can lead to injury or illness.

OSHA notes that caregivers often feel they must put patient safety above everything else, even if in so doing, they put themselves at risk. This means they are more likely to suffer a variety of injuries on the job.

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