Thursday, August 28, 2008

2008 Amendments to workers compensation

The Colorado Division of Workers Compensation has posted on the latest changes made to the statutes on workers compensation. You can read them right here. One change made is to prevent insurers from arguing that they only have to pay a portion of temporary and medical benefits due to prior work injuries. Such an argument could cripple the rights of injured workers when they sustain further injury. Trying to say they only owe half your medical bills or half your temporary benefits because you have had prior work injuries is now gone. Imagine being hurt on the job and now needing back surgery but the insurer says they will only pay a portion of the cost because you had prior back injuries. Insurers did not feel they should be responsible for all the benefits to be paid out when they only covered the last injury. The problem is this argument would fail to realize the last injury really was causing all the need for benefits. These amendments all became effective on July 1, 2008.

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