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Understanding Rule Changes For Colorado Workers Compensation Claims

Workers compensation is a no-fault insurance program administered by the State of Colorado.  Available to most employees in Colorado, legislation to create the program was enacted in 1915 and the rules and guidelines that govern the program continue to evolve in response to the needs of injured workers and changes in current medical practice.

In 2012, the Colorado General Assembly amended portions of the Workers’ Compensation Act.  While certain amendments were effective that year, others became effective early this year.  Some of the amendments include the following:

Other recent amendments provided a life expectancy chart and addressed the authority of the Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation to impose penalties on insurers relative to compliance audits.

While constituting fine print, these revisions detail important rules for those needing help after injury in the workplace. Though many rules have changed, the intent remains what it was in 1915 — compensation and medical service for injured workers to recover and return to work when possible.