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How does workers' compensation protect Colorado workers?

Work is a daily reality for most adults including those in Colorado which is why Colorado workers should be familiar with all the workplace protections available to them. Workers' compensation is a primary protection for Colorado workers injured on the job or suffering from an occupational illness so they should be familiar with the ways they are protected.

Colorado law requires employers with one or more full-time or part-time employees to carry workers' compensation disability insurance for their employees who may be harmed at work by a workplace injury or work-related illness. Once a workplace accident has occurred, the injured worker has 4 days to notify their employer of the workplace injury they have suffered, however, the injured worker has 2 years to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. The notice must be in writing to the employer and the employer has 10 days to report the injury to their insurance carrier.

What to know when applying for Social Security disability

Social Security disability (SSD) is an important resource for disabled individuals who are unable to care for themselves as they used to be able to. They should know how to navigate the process as best as possible including how to qualify for Social Security disability, how apply for Social Security disability and how to address the hearing and appeals processes.

To qualify for SSD benefits, the disabled individual must suffer from a disabling medical condition that is severe enough that it prevents them from working and is expected to last for 12 months or longer or result in death. In addition, they must also meet work history requirements and have paid into the system over time in that way. Medical disability can be demonstrating by meeting medical conditions on a list kept by the Social Security Administration or through medical records.

Preparing for a Social Security disability hearing

This blog recently talked about the importance of the Social Security disability hearing process so it might be helpful to look at it in a little more detail. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for an initial application for Social Security disability benefits to be denied so part of the appeals process includes a hearing which is something disabled individuals applying for benefits should understand.

The hearing is part of the appeals process for Social Security disability benefits and is before an administrative law judge. If the disabled individual's initial claim for benefits has been denied, it is important to be prepared for the hearing. The hearing provides an opportunity for the disabled individual to talk about their disability and need for benefits. It is important to only share the medical condition, medical treatment, symptoms or other medical information in a factual way.

Two workers killed in workplace accident

Workers' compensation benefits are here for Colorado families when they need them following a workplace accident or fatal workplace accident. Two bodies were recently recovered in northern Colorado following a fatal workplace accident. The two workers were killed when a trench collapsed. The two victims were in their mid twenties and late forties. The fatal workplace accident occurred when the 15-foot trench gave way and buried the victims.

The rescue effort, which turned to a recovery effort, was complex and required securing against a second collapse. It took several hours to perform. During the rescue, one of the men was able to communicate with rescuers and his family but, tragically, died before he could be rescued. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the fatal workplace accident. Authorities have not provided the reason for the trench collapse.

Workers' compensation benefits protect injured Colorado workers

Workers' compensation benefits can be vital for many injured workers and their families which is why injured workers and their families should be familiar with workers' compensation benefits available in Colorado. Workers' compensation disability benefits can help with workplace injuries and illnesses and help injured workers and their families with a difficult time.

Workers' compensation in Colorado is required of all employers with one or more employee. In addition, workers' compensation benefits are available regardless of fault. Because of how valuable workers' compensation benefits are for injured workers and their families, it is essential for them to be aware of deadlines associated with workers' compensation benefits to preserve their claim. Injured workers have 4 days to report a workplace injury to their employer in Colorado and 2 years to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Social Security disability for disabled individuals over 50

This blog recently discussed seniors and how they can obtain Social Security disability benefits. It is also useful to be aware of when those over 50 can obtain Social Security disability (SSD) benefits when they need them. Social Security disability benefits can help with the daily needs and costs of disabled individuals and their families.

Suffering a disability over 50 can be especially devastating for disabled individuals and their families. As a result, disabled individuals over 50 should be aware that it may be easier for them to obtain Social Security disability benefits which can be time consuming to obtain. In general, SSD benefits can be challenging to get which is why disabled individuals should be familiar with the application and appeals processes for benefits.

Medicare phone scams are common

Con artists are always looking for a new way to make a quick buck, and nearly as long as there have been phones, there have been phone scams.

Scammers prey on people they think are vulnerable, and often people on Medicare or Social Security Disability benefits fit their mark. But by keeping a few tips in mind, you can become savvy and outsmart the fraudsters.

Reporting a workplace injury in Colorado

Knowing what to do following a workplace accident is important for injured workers to be familiar with. Reporting a workplace injury is an important initial step in the process of seeking workers' compensation disability benefits many injured workers and their families may rely on.

In addition to the value of reporting the workplace accident to begin the process of claiming workers' compensation benefits, it allows the workplace accident to be investigated which is also important. Employers are required to report workplace injuries to their workers' compensation insurance carrier within 10 days. Once the insurance carrier has been notified of the injury, they will evaluate liability for the claim which must be approved for the injured worker to receive medical benefits and compensation benefits.

When seniors may qualify to receive Social Security disability

Today's seniors face health challenges like all seniors which is what makes it helpful to be familiar with Social Security disability benefits and the different options to help them with the needs they face. Seniors should be familiar will the different resources and benefits available to them which include Social Security disability benefits.

Understanding eligibility rules and requirements associated with Social Security disability (SSD) benefits can be complex but are also worth understanding. Social Security disability benefits can help disabled seniors and other disabled individuals with their daily needs and expenses. To qualify for SSD benefits, the disabled senior must suffer from a medical condition prevents them from being able to work and is expected to last 12 months or longer or result in death.