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Are workers’ compensation programs getting a bad rap?

Prompted by deficit concerns and certain highly publicized fraud investigations, conservative commentators have attacked various benefits programs in recent years. Workers’ compensation programs are not immune from such posturing. Indeed, a recent article characterized this perception as the “myth” of workers’ compensation fraud.

Studies affirm the integrity of workers’ compensation programs

Erika Alverson Has Been Nominated and Accepted as 2017 AIOLC's 10 Best Workers' Compensation Attorney in Colorado For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute Of Legal Counsel has recognized the exceptional performance of Colorado'sWorkers' Compensation Attorney Erika Alverson as 2017 10 Best Legal Counsel for Client Satisfaction. 

PTSD soon to be covered by workers’ comp in Colorado


Deputy Sheriff Zackari Spurloff was killed in the line of duty on New Years’ Eve. Spurloff responded to a call in which gunman Matthew Riehl shot over 100 bullets at responding officers before being taken down by the SWAT team. The deadly altercation lasted over ninety minutes.

Alverson & O'Brien talk Workers' Compensation on this week's Colorado CLE Podcast

Erika Alverson & Matt O'Brien were guests on the Colorado CLE Podcast this week. In this episode, the group talks about Workers' Compensation Law in Colorado. Learn about how filing a Workers' Compensation claim works and what sort of compensation you could expect based on your situation.

Why injured employees should wait to return to work

An accident can cause you to miss work while you heal. The waiting period can sometimes be the most painful part of the process. You might be the kind of person who needs to feel productive. Alternatively, you might worry about losing income and paying for medical fees.

However, you should give yourself plenty of time to rest so that your body can recover. For certain injuries, you might do more damage if you try to rush the healing process.

Simple injuries at work can onset serious pain syndromes

Fast forward a few weeks after a small injury at work - months later you are now in searing pain and doctors cannot find an answer. You feel burning hot all the time; even in chilly Colorado temperatures. You may be suffering from a case of Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).

These severe nerve conditions can occur from seemingly small injuries at work that pack a punch to your future. The medical world knows little about CRPS or RSD, so diagnosis and treatment are still relatively experimental. Anyone age 10 to 50 could develop the neurological disease - though it is slightly more common in women.

Social Security Disability: why playing by the book pays off

There are many factors that go into determining whether your Social Security Disability (SSD) claim gets approved. Today we'll examine a few easy and straightforward ways to improve your chances of a successful claim.

  1. Follow the law. If you get caught committing fraud for SSD benefits, this is--not surprisingly--a reason to have your benefits denied. The federal government does not take fraud lightly, and they will prosecute. And once you're behind bars, you're automatically exempt from SSD. In addition, if a crime you committed resulted in or exacerbated a disability, you will be unable to apply for SSD even after you finish serving your sentence.
  2. Be transparent with the Social Security Administration. The SSA will ask you for extensive personal information. Make sure you provide everything that's asked for. Give them permission to retrieve your medical records, and make sure the contact information you provide remains current. If any piece of information in your file is unavailable or incomplete, it gives the SSA an easy excuse to deny your claim.
  3. Follow recommended medical treatment. If you suffered an injury, it is critical that you take care of yourself and follow any doctor-recommended steps to recover. It is important to be able to demonstrate that you are trying to regain optimal health so that you can re-enter the workforce. If you show evidence to the contrary, this could be a reason for your claim to be denied.

Workplace safety concerns grow in U.S. craft beer industry

Craft beer has been good to Colorado, a state that ranks third in the nation in sales within this industry.

But as craft beer’s success has skyrocketed in the past 20 years, so have concerns about workplace safety -- an area that until the last few years had been overlooked by some beer enthusiasts turned entrepreneurs.

Workers' compensation for Uber drivers?

While it may not have the obvious risks of jobs like fire fighting or working in construction, rideshare drivers have one of the most dangerous work environments in the country. In addition to the usual risks that come with being on the road--usually in urban areas--for long stretches of time, the risks drivers face from unruly passengers have received little media attention. However, rideshare drivers must often contend with different forms of violent behavior from their passengers. If you're a rideshare driver, the likelihood you'll be murdered on the job is five times greater than the average of all other workers.

While this statistic may be staggering, it might be equally startling to consider that for all of the serious risks drivers face at work, as independent contractors, they are not afforded the fundamental protections of workers' compensation. Until now.

By the numbers: Workplace injuries

The population of the Denver metro area keeps growing. According to federal government figures, we have more than 2,800,000 residents, with more expected in coming years. If current trends hold steady, we should top 3 million in population in less than 4 years.

As large as our city has become, it is dwarfed by a population growing even faster: the number of American workers who are injured on the job annually. The National Safety Council says that every 7 seconds, a worker is injured on the job somewhere in the U.S. That adds up to nearly 13,000 per day and more than 90,000 injured workers every year. And when the math is applied to a year’s time, it adds up to about 4,700,000 workers injured on the job annually, or nearly 2 million more than live in the Denver metro.

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