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Workers Comp or Military Disability? What You Need to Know About Re-Injury

If you are a veteran who has returned from service with what is known as a "service-connected disability" - or in other words, a disability acquired during your time in service - then you are definitely not alone. In recent years, the number of veterans reporting long-term injuries or disabilities has risen steadily. The question is, what happens if you re-injure or aggravate these injuries on your civilian job in Colorado? In this blog post, I'll explore this question further.

Are workers' compensation death benefits available in Colorado?

When someone passes away and leaves a husband or wife, kids and sometimes other relatives who depended on the deceased person's wages to meet their needs, the loss of that income because of the worker's death could potentially bring financial devastation. Luckily, when a family provider dies from work-related injuries or occupational diseases, surviving dependents may be eligible for payment of death benefits under Colorado workers' compensation laws.

Can I sue my employer if I'm hurt on the job?

Before workers' compensation laws, workers injured on the job had few options for obtaining the medical and financial assistance they needed to recover from their injuries. In many cases, employees were left with little choice other than to sue their employers to recover much-needed compensation.

Opioid drug addiction following workplace injuries

A recent report from the National Safety Council indicates that injured workers in Colorado and around the country are more than twice as likely to become disabled if they take opioid painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin or Percocet for more than a week. The abuse of prescription drugs such as narcotic pain medication is a growing problem in the United States, and the NSC report indicates that these highly addictive drugs make up more than 25 percent of workers' compensation drug costs.

Opioid drug addiction following workplace injuries

A recent report from the National Safety Council indicates that injured workers in Colorado and around the country are more than twice as likely to become disabled if they take opioid painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin or Percocet for more than a week. The abuse of prescription drugs such as narcotic pain medication is a growing problem in the United States, and the NSC report indicates that these highly addictive drugs make up more than 25 percent of workers' compensation drug costs.

Hazardous nail salon chemicals a growing concern

Colorado residents may have noticed several recent news reports about the possible hazards of nail salon chemicals. New studies suggest that exposure to these chemicals could lead to health problems like cancer, asthma, respiratory disease and miscarriages. The concern is so great that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued new rules to protect nail salon workers in May after The New York Times published several reports highlighting the dangers of working with the chemicals.

Hazardous nail salon chemicals a growing concern

Colorado residents may have noticed several recent news reports about the possible hazards of nail salon chemicals. New studies suggest that exposure to these chemicals could lead to health problems like cancer, asthma, respiratory disease and miscarriages. The concern is so great that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued new rules to protect nail salon workers in May after The New York Times published several reports highlighting the dangers of working with the chemicals.

Pneumoconiosis causes and symptoms

Coal workers in Colorado and across the nation are often prone to get an occupational lung disease called pneumoconiosis. Commonly referred to as Black Lung Disease, pneumoconiosis is caused by inhaling coal into the lungs over a long period of time. After a worker inhales enough coal dust, breathing becomes more difficult for them as their lungs have hardened. Workers with pneumoconiosis may also be at risk for secondary conditions like lung cancer and pulmonary tuberculosis.

Pneumoconiosis causes and symptoms

Coal workers in Colorado and across the nation are often prone to get an occupational lung disease called pneumoconiosis. Commonly referred to as Black Lung Disease, pneumoconiosis is caused by inhaling coal into the lungs over a long period of time. After a worker inhales enough coal dust, breathing becomes more difficult for them as their lungs have hardened. Workers with pneumoconiosis may also be at risk for secondary conditions like lung cancer and pulmonary tuberculosis.

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