Medical treatment denied—Request for Total Knee Arthroplasty denied due to pre-existing condition

Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) denied Claimant’s request for a total knee replacement after a compensable injury and surgery to repair a torn meniscus.  Claimant had a significant pre-existing degenerative changes in his right knee at the time of the injury. The initial injury and surgery was accepted to repair a torn meniscus.  Claimant’s recovery was [...]

Medical treatment denied—Request for Total Knee Arthroplasty denied due to pre-existing condition 2020-02-28T09:31:22+00:00

Compensability—a claimant’s attempt to create a false medical record is not sufficient to overcome his own prior statements

Claimant was an insulation installer who alleged he injured his back on two separate occasions while working for the employer.  He claimed the initial incident occurred while he was jumping in and out of a vehicle to clean the windshield in a snow storm due to malfunctioning windshield wipers.  The second incident occurred while he [...]

Compensability—a claimant’s attempt to create a false medical record is not sufficient to overcome his own prior statements 2020-02-28T09:18:54+00:00

Erika Lopez v. EDS Services Solutions LLC and Travelers Property Casualty

This case involves a second appeal where the Petitioner’s request for hip replacement surgery, wage loss and permanent impairment was denied and dismissed with prejudice.  The case involved a minor motor vehicle collision in a parking lot area.  There was no damage to the Petitioner’s vehicle or the other vehicle – not even one scratch.  [...]

Erika Lopez v. EDS Services Solutions LLC and Travelers Property Casualty 2020-02-28T09:16:33+00:00

Ilene Morris v. Heritage Park Care Center and Safety National Casualty Corp.

The importance of diagnostic studies in defeating a claim for extensive wage loss and permanent impairment and permanent total disability.  This case involves a case that went to hearing on December 4, 2018 on the issues of medical expenses, recommended medical care, wage loss for numerous periods, permanent partial disability and permanent total disability benefits. [...]

Ilene Morris v. Heritage Park Care Center and Safety National Casualty Corp. 2020-02-28T09:13:54+00:00

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