How Long Has Your Firm Been Handling Workers’ Compensation Cases?
I am Amy Brewer and my law firm, The Brewer Law Offices, has been handling Workers’ Compensation cases since the early 1990s. I’ve been licensed to practice law in Colorado since 1992 and Workers’ Compensation is all I have ever done.
Who Does Your Firm Represent In Workers’ Compensation Cases?
The Brewer Law Offices represents people who are injured on the job, whether it be a specific traumatic injury, where the event happens at one time, or an injury that happens over time. Those who experience an injury on the job, lose wages, have medical bills to pay, or have any type of permanent impairment from the injury are the people we represent.
What Is Workers’ Compensation Law And What Is A Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Workers’ Compensation law was enacted approximately 100 years ago to cover people who are injured on the job. People who are injured on the job have a specific Workers’ Compensation claim; they don’t have a separate District Court claim. They don’t have to prove that the employer was somehow negligent or that someone was at fault. Workers’ Compensation law is a no fault law, so anyone who is hurt on the job is covered with a Workers’ Compensation claim.
Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Only Injuries Or Does It Cover Long Term Ailments As Well?
Workers’ Compensation covers not only traumatic injuries but injuries that happen over time. Those are referred to as occupational diseases. An occupational disease doesn’t have to be an actual disease but it can be. It usually simply refers to an injury to the body that occurs after repetitive use or repetitive events.
What Injuries Would Not Be Covered By Workers’ Compensation?
Injuries wouldn’t be covered by Workers’ Compensation if, for instance, the individual was an independent contractor. Many employers will try to call an injured worker an independent contractor just because the employer doesn’t deduct taxes from their paycheck. That is not correct. An independent contractor works for himself and is not under the direction and control of a company or a general contractor. People who are independent contractors aren’t covered by the Workers’ Compensation Act.
What Are The Most Common Types Of Workers’ Compensation Cases That Your Firm Handles?
The most common types of Workers’ Compensation claim tend to be back injuries or repetitive use injuries. Back injuries could be from someone who has worked in a heavy occupational field for a long time and who experiences a traumatic event. Or someone may be hurt through repetitive use. This could be someone who works on an assembly line or types using a mouse all day. Another category of injuries we see commonly are shoulder injuries. Those tend to come from people who are in a field where they have to overextend their arms or lift heavy items.
What Industries And Sectors Are Covered By The Workers’ Compensation Act?
Workers’ Compensation covers everyone who is an employee and is injured in the course and scope of their employment, regardless of industry.
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