Your Boulder Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Michael P. Dominick
Welcome to the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick, a law firm dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured workers.
If you’ve been injured on the job, an experienced Colorado workers’ compensation lawyer should be contacted to review your case. Your employer and its insurance company will likely refer you to a doctor of their choosing. Failure to comply with the deadlines and requirements of Colorado’s workers’ compensation system can result in delay or rejection of your injury claim.
Likewise, failure to understand your legal right and the compensation to which you are entitled can also result in a reduction or denial of claim benefits. You cannot rely upon your employer to look out for your best interests. The system is adversarial — insurance companies and their doctors are as likely to be watching their own bottom line as they are to be concerned about your current and future well being.
Disability Rating in Colorado Workers’ Comp Cases
A disability rating is used to establish compensation for permanent injury. Understanding how these rating impact your benefits is vital when it comes to defending your claim. Different injuries and ratings will result in different benefit entitlements. While ratings for some injuries are predefined, such as extremity ratings, others are not listed under the law and require a doctor’s determination, sometimes called a “whole person” rating.
Lost Wages and Medical Benefits
Lost wages are available for those who are temporarily or permanently disabled. Typically, this amounts to two-thirds of your lost wages. This would include two-thirds of the difference between your current and former wages in the event an injury forces you to take a lesser position. You are also entitled to full payment of medical benefits. However, because you are often at the mercy of the insurance company’s chosen physician, fighting for the treatment and benefits you need to make a full recovery often requires the assistance of an experienced Colorado workers’ compensation attorney.
Re-Opening a workers’ compensation case – Appeal of a Denial
Re-opening your case is possible under specific circumstances. And an appeal before an Administrative Law judge is also possible. Both should be done with the help of an experienced Boulder workers’ compensation attorney. Having an attorney at the outset can help ensure your claim is properly processed the first time. Still, under certain circumstances, such as the worsening of a medical condition, re-opening your workers’ compensation case can result in the award of additional benefits.
Dependency & Death Benefits in Colorado
When a worker is killed on the job, dependents are entitled to death benefits. There are also a number of circumstances under which dependents are entitled to death benefits when a workers’ compensation recipient passes away. This includes when a recipient passes away from natural causes, such as a heart attack. This is true for partial dependents as well as a widow or widower, who may be entitled to benefits for life, or until remarriage.
Choosing a Boulder Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Experience counts when it comes to fighting for the rights of injured employees. As a veteran Boulder workers’ compensation attorney, Michael P. Dominick has focused on such claims since opening his law practice in 1973.
A graduate of Yale, Dominick served in the Peace Corps and is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He is admitted to the practice of law in all Colorado Courts, including Administrative Law courts for workers’ compensation cases. Attorney Dominick is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association; the Boulder County Bar Association; and the Workers Compensation Education Association, a group of attorneys who focus on fighting for the rights of injured employees.
The Dominick Law Firm can help you to get the benefits you deserve if you have been injured in a work accident. Our Boulder workers’ compensation attorneys have assisted clients with claims throughout Boulder, Thornton, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie, Broomfield, Lyons, Mead, Loveland, Wheatridge, Greeley, Ft. Collins, Superior, Denver and the entire Colorado front range.
If you need assistance with your work-injury and resulting claim for workers’ comp benefits, contact us today at (303) 447-2644 or using our online form for a free consultation to learn how we can help.