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Can I handle my Denver workers' compensation claim on my own?

If you have suffered an injury on the job, it may seem logical to handle the entire claims process on your own. After all, Colorado state law requires your employer to carry workers' compensation insurance, and the process may seem rather straightforward.

Unfortunately, the workers' compensation process is anything but simple, and often it can put the injured worker in an incredibly complex situation filled with complicated forms and battles with insurers. When you are injured, the last thing you want is additional stress from having to fight to get your expenses paid. 

There are several ways you can benefit from trusting your workers' compensation claim to a qualified attorney who works with these types of cases. Here are three ways an attorney can assist you in processing your workers' compensation claim in Denver.

1. Help with complex rules and regulations

The workers' compensation system has complicated rules and regulations. There are rules regarding time limits, from the very moment the injury first occurs, in terms of reporting an injury. An attorney who handles workers' compensation cases thoroughly understands how this system works, and therefore knows the pitfalls that can stand in the way of your benefits. 

2. Negotiating with insurers

Insurance companies are businesses with their own best interests in mind. They will work to ensure that their business stays secure, and sometimes that means working to find ways to reduce or deny your benefits. Under Colorado law, your employer must pay for benefits including medical treatment and income replacement. If you encounter a struggle with your employer or your employer's insurance company in receiving the benefits you need, it can be immensely helpful to have an attorney working on your behalf.

3. Identifying possible additional benefits

An attorney who works with workers' compensation cases in Denver also knows about potential additional benefits that you may not be aware of if you try to handle the claim on your own. Relying on the knowledge of an attorney in this field can help you discover the best strategies for handling your claim so that you receive the maximum amount of benefits allowed under the law.

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