Whether you have a long-standing relationship with a much-beloved family physician or you just want to be able to research your doctor before seeking medical care, the medical provider you use is a highly personal decision. It’s no wonder, then, that so many employees have questions about choosing a doctor following an on-the-job injury. Unfortunately, though, Colorado law significantly limits your ability to choose your own medical provider for a workers’ compensation claim.
Disabilities, just like the individuals who experience them, are unique. While one person might experience a chronic illness that doesn’t interfere with her ability to work, the same illness in a second person could be debilitating. When you file for Social Security Disability, you’ll have to prove not only that you have a medical condition, but that the condition has a disabling effect.
Generally not. The worker compensation system is blame-free. Filing a claim never requires you to accuse your employer of doing anything wrong. There is no “finger-pointing” stage that forces or encourages you and your employer to blame each other. Your employer’s worker compensation insurance rates might increase, especially if your accident reveals something that is unsafe about your workplace. But, rates usually stay the same.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” enacted in 2010, has impacted those applying for Social Security Disability. Most notably though dramatically improved access to health care that disabled people need to make their case when applying for Social Security Disability.
In a recent update from McDivitt, “Auto accidents on the rise in Colorado Springs,” we revealed that auto accidents in our area are at a five-year high. At McDivitt, we see the devastating results of auto accidents on a daily basis. We hope you will consider proactive measures that could prevent these collisions and make a difference in our community.
Disability claims are reviewed by a state agency – Disability Determination Services or DDS. More than two-thirds of initial Social Security Disability claims are denied. This might seem discouraging, but the good news is that more than half of those denied are eventually awarded during the appeals process.
In 2013, Colorado Springs experienced a spike in car crashes. Not only in overall accidents, but also those that resulted in fatalities. On record, 31 crashes took the lives of 35 people. These are the highest numbers in the past five years.
If you have been injured in an accident, one of the first things you should do is seek medical treatment from a doctor. The progression we always recommend should consist of consulting a physician and following through with the prescribed treatment to ensure you get better. The following items are instrumental in the overall success of the healing process:
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not cookie cutter. It is different for each individual who has been involved in an auto accident. An average range would be a few months to a few years, but the following information will give you more insight into the elements that will affect the time it will take your claim to come to conclusion.
McDivitt Law Firm is proud to announce this year’s winners of its annual PSA contest for high school students in Colorado. Palmer High School sophomores Jade Samuels and Brittney Balestra won the grand prize for their video, which focuses on the dangers of texting while behind the wheel. In a compelling 28-second video, Jade and… Read more »