There are several key things you should know if you have suffered a work injury. In Colorado, you only have four days to provide your employer written notice of the injury or illness. Failure to work within the timeframe could mean that you will sacrifice as much as a day’s worth of compensation for every day the notice is late. Someone else may alert your employer on your behalf if you are physically unable to do so.
Once you alert your employer, the company is responsible for contacting the insurance company with the claim. According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, your employer must alert the provider within 10 days of gaining knowledge of the on-the-job injury. If you have missed more than either three days or three shifts, you may be eligible for wage replacement. Within 20 days, the insurance company will either admit or deny the claim in writing.