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.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
All About Claims Newsletter June 2013
The Division has just issued a new newsletter. It reviews the latest legislation on Colorado workers compensation law. The changes in the DIME
(Division Independent Medical Examination) process is also set forth. DIMEs are heavily used in cases. Every attorney and anyone interested should know the process and requirements. So this newsletter is educational in providing some insight. The newsletter even provides a flow chart of the process on its last page. In my experience DIMEs are extremely important in many cases. I have found that the treating physician seldom provides a fair assessment. Some do but most do not. They may place the claimant at MMI (maximum medical improvement) and they then rate or assess permanency at a low level. They may even exclude from the assessment conditions they believe are not from the work injury. When properly selected a DIME can often correct this. They may say that MMI has not be reached so more treatment is needed and they may rate or assess a higher level of permanent injury. Taking issue with the treating doctors conclusions which are then often deemed correct by the insurance is perhaps the most important part of many cases. Frequently a claimant may need additional treatment and usually the extent of permanent injury is greater then what is stated by the treating doctor. A DIME is often the great equalizer and in my experience has often resulted in substantially more benefits for claimants. There can be circumstances where a DIME is needed by the other side too. In every single case an effort should be made to obtain a fair assessment. So a DIME and the DIME process should be important concerns in most cases. An attorney experienced in this area will usually know what to do and how to go about selecting a DIME doctor. It is not a simple process and where possible every claimant should be represented.
"...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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.
The information in this blog is intended to represent my personal views and opinions. It is not intended to be specific or personal legal advice which should only be obtained by a consultation with an experienced attorney. All this blog provides is general information I consider important to me. It may be of interest to others but for any advice or advisory statements consult with an attorney not a blog.
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.