When Colorado workers are injured on the job, they may not understand what their options are or what benefits they’re entitled to. The state can make it somewhat confusing for workers’ comp claimants. It’s true that receiving other benefits may reduce your award from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. But it’s also probable that there are other avenues you can pursue to be made whole.
On the job injuries
Not all workers understand what an on-the-job injury really is. They may picture someone lifting something heavy and straining their back, for example. But the truth is that many people are injured in job-related activities that may make them eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. For example, a worker who is injured during their commute may have a claim. A driver performing their duties on their route almost certainly would.
If you’re injured doing anything job-related, it’s a good idea to consider filing a workers’ compensation claim with the state. It can also be prudent to talk to a lawyer. They may be able to help you file the paperwork, and they may also advise you to seek damages from another party that could be responsible for the incident.
How benefits are determined
Workers’ comp is designed to help replace a worker’s wages should they become injured. When the state calculates your benefit amount, they may deduct other aid you’re getting at that time. For example, if your employer provides additional coverage as a benefit, the state may reduce your award. The same is true if you receive Social Security or unemployment benefits. It can all work against the figure you’re awarded as workers’ comp.
If this happens to you, it’s wise to get help. Sometimes, people feel like they need to rush back to work before they’ve really had a chance to heal. They may be frustrated by the wait related to their claim. If that happens to you, consider meeting with an attorney and discussing your situation.