The Colorado Division of Workers Compensation placed all of the written materials from its first annual educational conference online. You can access it here. The materials are fairly extensive and insightful. Be aware that some of the materials seem to be in outline form because these materials were handed out at an actual conference where the writer also lectured. The materials do presuppose some knowledge of workers compensation but I have to admit they are a valuable resource to anyone in this area. It helps to keep us up to date and to address areas where there may be questions.
This case being reported by the American Lawyer and at Law.com is not a Colorado workers comp case. But what makes it interesting is the allegation that females at a law firm were required to wear high heels which then led to a workplace injury. Then the allegation is that no accomodation was made and there was reinjury and this went on until the lady lost her job. So the case goes beyond the routine work injury to result in an additional claim for discrimination. It is unusual enough that it seemed worthy to post here. High heels...work injury...seems like a blast from the past. In many Colorado law firms the dress is casual but even when it is not I am unaware of any required dress code that says you must wear high heels.
This is just to make you aware that Colorado has its annual fall update on workers compensation coming up soon. It is usually an excellent seminar and well worth it. It also provides attorneys with continuing legal education credits. Those who cannot attend can order the materials. Workers comp is quite technical in the sense it has a great many rules, cases, deadlines, forms, guidelines and much more. Staying on top of it is critical. Colorado has a rather large amount of available resources but it still requires being up to date. Aside from legislative changes there are cases and rules which may have been updated over the last year. The lecturers at this seminar are often quite good at presenting the materials in an interesting way. Those that attend also get a chance to interact with others in the field so the fall seminar is often the best one out there.
Over at LexisNexis they posted about many of the common medications by name and generic version which are often prescribed for the injured. It is set up in a chart format but still you may need to scroll down as you look for the medication. It sometimes amazes me how many medications a person can be taking. Moreover those with Social Security disability claims can have multiple health problems. That can mean they may be taking a great many medications for pain, for the heart, for the stomach, for sleep, for anxiety, for diabetes and a host of other things. When I talk with people I must admit that some medications really do work. However it very much depends on the person. I can see the reason doctors have to try one thing and then another to see what works for you.
"...this is the cause of my life, new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American -- north, south, east, west, young, old -- will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege." Ted Kennedy Aug 26, 2008 (Update: June 28, 2012 the US Supreme Court upholds Obamacare)
Do We Pass the Test?
"It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."
I've been living in beautiful Colorado and practicing law for over 35 years. It's been a great place to raise a family. Originally from New York I settled here, married here and raised two daughters, Jenny and Mary. I practiced near downtown Colorado Springs but now consider myself "retired" so I am not taking any more legal matters, clients or cases but I appreciate being able to help as many clients as I could for so many years. Now I especially enjoy my retirement time with family including 4 special ones...a grandson, Max, twin granddaughters, Penny and Cici and last but not least grandson Eliot. You can contact me at my email address which is email@example.com.
In the past we offered free consultations in cases but we are not taking any more legal matters or cases as retirement calls. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We've been protecting injured workers for many years and truly went the distance for many people. We made a difference for most of them and stood up for right not might. If you need an attorney I suggest you find someone where you live who offers free consultations. Also I urge you to discuss your case with an attorney if at all possible. This field is technical and complex. I would even call it tricky so seek advice from an attorney. If that is not possible call the Colorado Division of Workers Compensation customer service section for helpful information.
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Special Personal News on Cici, our grandaughter (September 2011)
Nearly 3 years ago our grandaughter Cici had a serious medical problem. Her survival was at risk and she was deprived of oxygen because of a tragic choking/swallowing problem. It is known as an anoxic brain injury. The recovery has been challenging and slow but some progress has been made. We are thankful to be part of her recovery. I remain truly grateful for the prayers and touching support provided by so many people to my daughter and the family. We are actively committed to Cici's recovery and to her loved one's for as long as it takes. You can follow this difficult but amazing journey on my daughter's and husband Matt's Blog. Where there is life there is hope. We've had tough times but we have also seen courage and love in action for her and also for others. For examples look below.