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How workers' compensation protects injured workers

Workers in Colorado should be familiar with their right to a safe workplace as well as their workers' compensation rights if they have been injured on the job. Employers are required to provide a safe workplace and are also required to pay for some type of workers' compensation insurance that their employees can access if they are injured in the job.

When workers are injured during the course of their job, they have the right to workers' compensation benefits to help with their medical expenses and lost wages during their time away from work because of their injuries. The types of benefits available may vary based on the circumstances, including if the injured worker is temporarily injured or permanently injured, and in some circumstances benefits may be available to surviving family members in situations of a fatal workplace accident.

Workplace safety training being given in Spanish in Colorado

Workers in Colorado should have a safe workplace and one component of creating a safe workplace is ensuring the workers receive proper and appropriate safety training. One important aspect of ensuring proper and appropriate safety training to create a safe workplace is that workers receiving training they can understand and apply.

In Colorado, offering Spanish speaking training to construction workers has reduced injuries for Spanish-speaking construction workers in Colorado. The construction industry can be especially dangerous for workers so it is important for them to be familiar with protections available to them including those related to employer requirements and workers' compensation benefits for when workers are injured and need help with their daily costs and needs while they are unable to work as a result.

Can I work while I receive Social Security disability benefits?

Disabled individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits may have many questions they need answered including if they can work while receiving benefits. This, and the eligibility requirements to receive Social Security disability benefits, are important for disabled individuals and their family members to understand and be familiar with.

Social Security disability benefits are available to disabled individuals who are suffering from a disability that prevents them from engaging in substantial gainful activity. In addition, the medical condition causing the disability must be expected to last for 12 months or longer or result in death. Finally, disabled applicants must meet the work history requirements to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Young worker recovers from on-the-job brain injury in Colorado

Workers can suffer serious injuries on the job in Colorado including serious brain injuries that can be suffered in construction accidents or other types of accidents as well. A construction accident on the Front Range left a young man's promising college hopes at risk after he suffered a traumatic brain injury during his summer construction job. The high school graduate was preparing to attend college at a local school in the fall when he was seriously injured while at his roofing job.

The young man was injured in the workplace accident while removing some of the old roofing from the job site. As he was removing old roofing, some of it came free and caused him to fall 30 feet onto the concrete below. The victim had to receive medical treatment for several weeks following the construction accident and suffered broken bones, contusions and a traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury can rob a victim of the life they previously knew.

The different categories of workers' comp help in Colorado

In Colorado, there are two broad categories of workers' compensation benefits that can help injured workers in different situations. It is important for injured workers to be familiar with what those benefits are.

Workers' compensation benefits in Colorado can generally help injured workers and their families with lost wages and medical expenses and other challenges they face in certain circumstances. One type of workers' compensation benefits available in Colorado includes temporary total disability benefits which are available for injured workers who are completely disabled and unable to work for a temporary period of time due to a workplace injury or illness they have suffered. In certain circumstances, temporary partial disability benefits may also be available if a worker returns to work with reduced wages or hours. It is important for injured workers to know when these benefits may end.

The steps to take to prepare an application for SSD benefits

Preparing a claim for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits is important for disabled individuals and their families to carefully consider. This blog recently discussed how disabled individuals can qualify for Social Security disability benefits but it is also important for them to know how to bring a strong claim for benefits because so many claims are initially denied.

Knowing how to prepare a strong application for Social Security disability benefits may increase the disabled applicant's chances of obtaining benefits but may also help them present a strong appeal for SSD benefits if that is what they need to do down the road. There are a variety of what may seem like little things disabled individuals can do to prepare a strong claim for benefits which includes keeping careful records of their medical condition causing their disability.

Nurses injured on the job equal to firefighters

Nurses are the backbone of our health care industry. Unfortunately, nurses’ backs are taking the brunt of the workload. And many nurses either aren’t taking workers’ compensation for the injuries or are being denied their benefits.

One study found that nurses, assistants and orderlies suffer back injuries at three times the rate of construction workers and at a level even with firefighters. The main culprit is lifting patients.

How to qualify for Social Security disability benefits

Qualifying for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits should be a straightforward process, however, unfortunately, there are commonly many twists in turns in the process before the disabled individual is able to obtain benefits. Because most applications for Social Security disability benefits are initially denied, it is helpful to be familiar with how to qualify for benefits and the process of applying.

Social Security disability benefits are based on medical need, or disability, and work history, or work history credits. Disabled individuals must prove they suffer from a medical condition that prevents them from being able to work, or engage in substantially gainful activity, to qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration maintains a list of disabling medical conditions but disabled individuals may also be able to demonstrate that they suffer from a medical condition not on the list that prevents them from working.

Workers compensation to help with repetitive stress injuries

Workers can be injured at work in a variety of different ways, situations and circumstances. Just because a worker works in an office does not mean that they cannot suffer a serious workplace injury that they may need help with just like any other worker who has been injured on the job and suffered a workplace injury.

Repetitive stress injuries are not uncommon in an office workplace setting. Repetitive stress injuries can be serious and prevent the injured worker from being able to work and may also have a detrimental impact on their quality of life. Types of common workplace injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis or tennis elbow. Victims suffering with a repetitive stress injury may experience tingling, burning or joint and motion problems.

Social Security disability benefits for mental health conditions

Social Security disability (SSD) benefits can be available for a variety of medical conditions, including those related to mental health. Social Security disability benefits are based on two things, including the medical condition of the disabled individual and their work history.

If the mental condition the disabled individual suffers from prevents them from working, they may be considered disabled according to the Social Security Administration's (SSA) definition of disability. To be considered medically disabled by the Social Security Administration, the disabled individual must suffer from a medical condition that is severe enough it prevents them from working. In addition, it must be expected to last for 12 months or longer or result in death which excludes those suffering from temporary disability from receiving benefits.