Re: Colorado, Hand Crush Injury, Disfigurement
You can't they're not available to the public, I did find a site but it's open to members only, I can't share the info.
I'm wondering where we can find guidelines as to what is fair
The statute you're looking for is Colorado Scheduled Impairments C.R.S. § 8-42-107(2) , it defines the scheduled amount for amputations, google that and see what you come up with (hint)
You live in a state that has complex rules and schedules to deal with these types of cases.
See:Statute, Rules & Guidance
Once you receive the Final Admission from the carrier, you can file a dispute within 30 days if you don't agree.
If you don't have a lawyer, you'll have to go to the OAC website and learn about how to proceed if the carrier fails to do the right thing.
Below is some highlights from their website, contact the Division of Workers’ Compensation if you need assistance.
INFORMATION REGARDING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND A CLAIMANT’S RIGHTS
A Final Admission is a critical document because it represents the insurer’s final decision on what it believes is owed to you. The Final Admission contains important information, including your impairment rating and whether the insurer will continue to provide medical care. You can dispute the Final Admission if you act within 30 days.
Important information about how to pursue a dispute and the mandatory timelines is contained in the Final Admission. You should read this document carefully.
You may also be entitled to a payment for disfigurement if your injury caused scarring or disfigurement. If the insurer or employer violated the law, including the rules or any orders, you can request penalties. For instance, if you were entitled to benefits and the insurer refused to pay or didn’t pay timely, those could be grounds for penalties.
If you have a dispute and cannot resolve the matter with the adjuster, you can request a prehearing conference. If you are disputing the Final Admission or some other issue that requires a hearing, you can file an Application for Hearing.
At a hearing you have the right to testify, to call witnesses, to introduce evidence and to make arguments. There are certain rules and processes that must be
followed, so if you do not have an attorney you will need to learn about this process.
Information is available at the OAC website, at www.colorado.gov/dpa/oac
If you have more general questions or don’t understand something you can call the Division of Workers’ Compensation at 303-318-8700, or toll-free at 1-888-390-7936.
You can also check the Division’s website at www.colorado.gov/cdle/dwc
Rule 1 General Definitions and General Provisions
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