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.
Unfortunately, circumstances may arise in which the employer’s insurance company makes it difficult for injured workers to obtain the workers’ compensation benefits they need. As a result, injured workers and their family members need to be familiar with how apply for workers’ compensation benefits and the benefits they may be entitled to receive.
Injured workers and their families should not only be familiar with their rights but also how to assert their right to workers’ compensation benefits following a workplace accident, injury or illness. Important benefits can help injured workers and their families through the recovery process and ensure they receive the medical care and treatment they need which is why injured workers must be familiar with their workers’ compensation options.