The Colorado legislature has done something good for workers in the state. Legislators last
year passed a bill which Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law, making changes to
workers’ compensation law.
If you’re injured on the job, Colorado work comp law requires that an employer, or the
employer’s work comp insurance company, provide you with a doctor for treatment. Before
this change in the law, employers only had to give you a list of two physicians or two
corporate medical providers, or one physician and one corporate medical provider, to
choose from. The new law changes that number to four physicians or corporate medical
This is important, because the doctors on the list an employer or insurer gives you are
almost never independent they’re almost always a hiredgun paid to give medical reports
in the employer’s favor, which can cost you money. By doubling the number of physicians
on the list, your odds of getting a more impartial doctor are much better. Plus if you request
it, the doctor you choose has to give you a list of ownership interests and employment
relationships such as a contract to do work comp exams for the employer or insurer
within five days of your request.
The new law takes effect on April 1, only a couple of weeks from now. So if you’ve been
hurt at work it’s important that you get in touch with the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya
right away. We know the new law inside and out, and can help make sure you get the care
you need from an unbiased doctor. Give us a call today at (303) 7584777 or contact us through our website, www.dlslawfirm.com.