PTSD soon to be covered by workers’ comp in Colorado

Jan 24 2018

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. Four other deputies and two civilians were wounded and are recovering from their injuries. For the deputies left behind after Spurloff’s death, the wounds are not just physical. Spurloff had over 1200 people attend a livestream of his memorial service and was considered a hero by his community. Worker’s comp to cover PTSD…

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

Jan 23 2018

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. Colorado CLE Podcast 1/19/2018 – Workers’ Compensation Featuring Alverson & O’Brien If you have any further questions about Workers’ Compensation, or have a potential claim, call our office today to schedule a consultation.

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Denver-area jobs among the nation’s most dangerous occupations

Jan 18 2018

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has an annual, unpleasant ritual. The federal government agency announces the totals for workplace injuries and workplace fatalities. Let’s face it, the only acceptable number of on-the-job injuries and fatalities is zero. Unfortunately, we are headed away from that ultimate goal. The BLS recently reported that for the third straight year, workplace fatalities have risen. The grim numbers always give rise to the question of which occupations are most dangerous. The most dangerous job in America is one familiar to many Colorado families: logger. With more than two-thirds of our state covered in forest or…

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Why injured employees should wait to return to work

Jan 05 2018

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. Concussions and brain injuries, for example, can often be the result of a slip-and-fall or car accident. Your brain will…

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Simple injuries at work can onset serious pain syndromes

Jan 04 2018

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…

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Social Security Disability: why playing by the book pays off

Jan 03 2018

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. 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…

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

Jan 02 2018

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. Injuries, even deaths Broken bones after falling from ladders, severe burns due to tank explosions, and sprains caused by slipping on wet floors are only a few of the reported injuries that have taken place at the nation’s more than 5,200 microbreweries, brewpubs and…

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How Do I Qualify for SSDI Benefits?

Jan 01 2018

A person with a medical condition or a combination of impairments preventing him or her from working for at least a year, or expected to prevent him or her from working for at least a year, will likely qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. However, proving that he or she cannot work is the responsibility of the disabled person. Unfortunately, there are many eligibility issues that can present problems for people who need benefits as soon as possible in order to support themselves and their families. Preventing Setbacks & Challenges At Alverson + O’Brien, we are familiar with…

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Workers’ compensation for Uber drivers?

Dec 19 2017

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…

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By the numbers: Workplace injuries

Dec 16 2017

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…

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