Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation in Colorado
Answers from experienced attorneys in Arvada
Do you have specific concerns you need addressed? The legal team at The Elliott Law Offices, P.C. can help. We know that when you are injured on the job, it can be confusing and stressful. Our knowledgeable, compassionate attorneys are pleased to answer your questions and walk you through legal processes. We believe that information is power, and we share that with you by providing this list of common questions and answers:
- Am I getting paid enough?
- What does MMI mean?
- What do I do about my on-the-job injury? Do I need an attorney?
- Is my permanent impaired rating correct?
- How much does a workers’ compensation claim cost?
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The lawyers at The Elliott Law Offices, P.C. have the knowledge and understanding you need to successfully file a workers’ compensation claim. Contact us at 303-872-6274 or via our website contact page to schedule a free initial consultation. Let us help you obtain the much-needed compensation to which you are entitled.
Claims vary from situation to situation in Colorado, so it’s always a good idea to consult with a workers’ comp attorney in Arvada to ensure that every piece of information regarding the injury is presented accurately. Typically, claims are paid for workplace injuries when they are severe enough to prevent the worker from returning to his or her job on a temporary or permanent basis. The amount of the payments is determined by the severity of the injury, level of care required and loss of time from work.
MMI stands for maximum medical improvement, which is typically determined by a doctor who indicates the maximum level of care likely to improve your condition following an injury. Once a doctor can no longer improve the condition, MMI is reached, and you may receive a certain amount of monetary benefits to cover future medical expenses, impairments and time away from work. An attorney at The Elliott Law Offices can walk you through MMI and how it applies in your case.
While it is possible to handle your own workers’ compensation claim, the process goes a lot smoother with the qualified experience of a lawyer knowledgeable in workers’ compensation claims. To ensure the success of your claim and maximize the amount of your recovery, it is important to have an attorney on your side to address all issues, facts and opinions of the court.
The surprising thing is this — it may not be. Even doctors can make mistakes in their predictions. It is, therefore, always a good idea to monitor your progress during recuperation to determine if your impaired rating is what the doctor says it is. For instance, if you tore your rotator cuff and were given a 6 percent impaired rating of rotation for your arm only to find that six months following your surgery you seem to have 10 percent less rotation, your attorney may want to address the inaccuracy of the rating declared.
At The Elliott Law Offices, our fees for workers’ compensation cases are contingency-based. This means that we don’t get paid until you do. By state law, an attorney in the workers’ compensation sector may only charge a 20% contingency fee. The Elliott Law Offices gets paid out of your final settlement or out of the amount ordered by a judge. Our mission is to maximize your benefit awards and provide you with the most compensation possible for your injury.