A blog by a retired Colorado attorney on legal news, views and tips on Colorado Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability. Written from the point of view of the injured or disabled worker.
Saturday, March 03, 2012
2011 Workers Comp Exit Survey
Colorado attempts to survey injured workers once the workers comp case is over. Just recently released are the survey results for the year 2011 in which over 28000 were sent surveys and over 4000 responded. The survey is like a customer satisfaction type survey and as a result it may be skewed. When I looked at it I saw that of the some 4000 that answered the survey only about half had disputes. Clearly then only some 2000 of those responding or about seven percent of 28000 claimants had any dispute or battles in their case. Since almost one in four cases are contested the survey seems to be primarily coming from satisfied claimants and less so from those with disputes. More interesting is what is the satisfaction rate when there is a legal dispute. There the rating, on a sliding scale from 5 being most satisfied to 1 being least satisfied, comes out at 2.9. That does not appear to be very good. I interpret it to mean that 58% are satisfied after a dispute. That would not be considered passing in most situations or at best is barely passing. So it appears even with those responding there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with how speedily disputes were resolved. I am not surprised. Many cases can take several months to resolve once there is a dispute. The concern I have is with medical benefits and compensation that the process should move along faster. Any dispute which requires a hearing even to obtain benefits can mean a few months to get to the hearing and perhaps longer to obtain an order which could then be appealed. While we all believe in due process it seems to me that the process can be expedited but that is up to our legislators. According to my view of the survey we may have a satisfactory system when there is no dispute but at best a barely passing system when there is a dispute. But what about the over 85% who never even responded to the survey? It would make sense to find a way to get greater participation to see how satisfied people really are but for now this survey is what we have.
"...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.