In the state of Colorado, laws are in place to ensure employers carry insurance that protects both the company and the employee, in case anyone is injured on the job.
The laws designate certain rights and responsibilities for both the employer and the employee. Below is information about what your employer is responsible for doing.
Employer’s Rights & Responsibilities
One of the common misconceptions in a Workers’ Compensation case is that the injured employee is suing his or her employer by filing a claim. This is not the case. Your employer is required to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance, and the entire claims process is regulated by the Colorado Workers’ Compensation system.
If you have been injured on the job, your employer is required to do certain things.
- Your employer is required to file a claim about the incident with the Workers’ Compensation Board.
- Your employer is required by law to give you a list of Designated Providers – doctors who will treat you for the injuries you sustained while on the job. If you are not happy with the original doctor selected by your employer and insurance company, you have the right to select a different doctor. There are specific time periods and procedures to follow to accomplish this.
- Your employer is required to follow any work restrictions designated by your authorized doctor.
- If you cannot perform your regular duties because of your injuries, your employer is required to find lighter duty, within the requirements of your authorized treating doctor.
If you’ve been injured at work, please contact our Colorado Workers’ Compensation attorneys at McDivitt Law Firm today – we specialize in these types of cases, and we’ll make sure you’re getting the kind of treatment and compensation you’re entitled to. Remember there are many benefits your employer and Workers’ Compensation insurance company will never tell you about. Call the attorneys at McDivitt Law Firm and we’ll help you every step of the way.
To learn more about what to do if you’ve been injured on the job, please visit Workers’ Compensation: Employee’s Rights & Responsibilities.