GREENWOOD VILLAGE

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Fort Collins

Colorado Springs

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Workers Compensation Defense Lawyers

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Thomas, Ahnell, Laraway & Smith, LLC

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Denver
Civil
Defense
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You work hard to keep your Denver business thriving and a key factor in your organization’s success is workplace safety.

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]When accidents do happen, the associated workers’ compensation claims can take an unfortunate toll. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment administers the state’s workers’ compensation program, but the same laws that protect workers also provide potential defenses to employers. If you believe an employee’s claim is questionable. talk to an experienced attorney at the Thomas Law Firm about your options.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” bg_color=”#a1a1a1″ scene_position=”center” text_color=”light” text_align=”left” class=”custom-padding-top-bottom” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” el_class=”custom-padding-right” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]

Employee Eligibility

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]Though most Colorado employers must carry workers’ compensation for covered employees, there are some limited exceptions to which workers are eligible. For instance, if your business partner, a corporate officer of your company, or an independent contractor files a claim, you may have a defense.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” el_class=”custom-padding-left” width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]

Failure to Notify

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]An injured employee has four days from the date of an accident to provide notice to you regarding his or her injuries. This time limit also applies for workers who claim that the workplace environment was the cause of an illness: Employees have four days from the date of diagnosis or discovery of a medical condition to notify you. The time restriction may not be a complete defense to a claim for workers’ comp benefits, but it may limit your liability for the number of days the employee delayed in providing notice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”center” class=”custom-padding-top-bottom” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][vc_column_text]

No Connection to Work-Related Tasks

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]To qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, an employee must establish that the injury occurred while performing work for the employer; likewise, workers who claim a work-related illness must show a link between the medical condition and workplace conditions. If the employee was injured outside the scope of employment, you have a defense to the workers’ comp claim.

Scope of employment often comes up in connection with auto accidents under the “coming and going” rule: A worker who is injured while commuting to or from the job site is not eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Still, there are multiple exceptions to the general rule, such as where the employee:[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” el_class=”custom-padding-right” width=”1/2″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]Under Colorado law, it is important to review the totality of the circumstances to determine whether there is a sufficient connection between the work and the injury.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” bg_color=”#01182c” scene_position=”center” text_color=”light” text_align=”center” class=”custom-padding-top-bottom” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][vc_column_text]

Fraud

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]An unscrupulous employee may engage in fraudulent acts when filing for workers’ compensation benefits and, not only is it a crime, but this conduct is a defense. Investigators may determine that the worker:[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” el_class=”custom-padding-right” width=”1/2″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]While it is up to proper authorities to investigate and prosecute fraud in workers’ compensation claims, you can help your defense by alerting officials to any indications of misconduct.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”center” class=”custom-padding-top-bottom” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][vc_column_text]

Contact a Denver Lawyer Regarding Workers’ Compensation Defense Options

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]You must comply with your obligations under Colorado’s workers’ comp laws, but you do have options to defend against improper claims by employees. For more information, please contact the Thomas Law Firm to schedule a consultation regarding your circumstances.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][nectar_btn size=”large” button_style=”regular” button_color_2=”Accent-Color” icon_family=”none” url=”https://tlflawfirm.com/contact-us/” text=”Contact Us”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text][static_section page_id=”2150″ notes=”section civil attorneys”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text][static_section page_id=”2332″ notes=”section civil practice areas”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text][static_section page_id=”85″ notes=”section contact”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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