Medical Benefits – Prolonged Chronic Pain Treatment In Excess of Medical Treatment Guides No Longer Compensable

Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) denied claimant's continued access to opioid pain medications three to four times the recommended dosages as unreasonable and unnecessary treatment for the work related injury. Claimant sustained a compensable injury in 2007 to her lower back. Claimant underwent several lower back surgeries and was ultimately diagnosed with failed back syndrome. She [...]

Medical Benefits – Prolonged Chronic Pain Treatment In Excess of Medical Treatment Guides No Longer Compensable 2020-01-13T09:25:32+00:00

Compensability

Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) denied and dismissed claim due to strong employer witness testimony. Claimant was a warehouse worker who claimed a specific incident from three months earlier caused lower back pain while lifting items. Claimant testified at hearing that he attempted to notify his employer he had suffered an injury when he told a [...]

Compensability 2020-01-13T09:22:15+00:00

Termination for Cause and Subsequent Wage Loss

The Administrative Law Judge (ALF) found claimant was responsible for her termination and subsequent wage loss, even though claimant’s work restrictions increased following her termination. Claimant sustained a compensable injury to her wrist and was offered modified duty by her employer. She worked the modified duty until she was a no call/no show for her [...]

Termination for Cause and Subsequent Wage Loss 2020-01-13T10:57:55+00:00

Self Defense

Jake Johnson represented a client in Denver District Court who was charged with multiple felonies including DUI, Assault in the 1st Degree and Vehicular Assault. The charges stemmed from a social event at his residence where there was a fight and in his efforts to remove himself from the situation he ran over one and [...]

Self Defense 2020-01-13T09:04:16+00:00

Permanent Total Disability

Christin Bechmann successfully defended a permanent total disability (PTD) claim before the Labor Commission. The petitioner had a shoulder injury with the employer and subsequently claimed he could no longer work within his restrictions of 25 pound lifting on an occasional basis. The medical panel determine the petitioner had a 30 pound lifting restriction with [...]

Permanent Total Disability 2019-10-02T12:00:51+00:00

Compensability/Statute of Limitations

Christin Bechmann successfully defended a complex claim which took two days to complete before the Labor Commission. The claim involved an alleged injury for exposure to toxic chemicals. In this case, that toxic chemical was sulfuric acid. The injured worker made a claim against two prior employers. The first employer he had worked with for [...]

Compensability/Statute of Limitations 2019-10-02T12:00:08+00:00

Permanent Total Disability

Jessica Grimes successfully defended a permanent total disability (PTD) claim involving a claimant who was a long term employee (27 years) and had sedentary to light restrictions after three lumbar surgeries. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) credited the testimony of respondents’ independent medical examination (IME) and vocational evaluator, especially after concessions of the claimant’s vocational [...]

Permanent Total Disability 2019-10-02T11:55:34+00:00

Compensability/Death Benefits

In a case involving death benefits related to asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, Amanda Branson relied on nationally respected experts in this highly complex area to successfully defend the claim before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The dependent was alleging the decedent was exposed to asbestos while working for the employer, culminating in the decedent’s death. [...]

Compensability/Death Benefits 2019-10-02T11:58:00+00:00

Compensability

Eric Pollart and Paul Foltz successful overcame the opinion of the Division IME before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The Division IME had issued a rating based on his opinion that the claimant’s diagnosis was simply “pain.” The ALJ ultimately credited respondent’s evidence that this is contrary to the provisions of the Colorado Workers’ Compensation [...]

Compensability 2019-10-02T11:59:30+00:00

Utah – Compensability: Importance of an IME

The petitioner brought a claim against the employer for alleged injuries to his neck and bilateral shoulders during the period of December 2015 to January 2016 due to repetitive activity under an accident theory. He alleged a second injury to his low back for a work incident that occurred on April 27, 2016. Respondent insurer [...]

Utah – Compensability: Importance of an IME 2019-05-31T14:06:06+00:00