Marijuana As Viable Treatment in CO WC Claims?

Marijuana As Viable Treatment in CO WC Claims?

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Federal and local governments may be at odds on marijuana as a viable medical treatment for some injured workers, but in Colorado, the drug has gained legitimacy across the state.  Will compensating for money spent on marijuana in workers' comp claims start a trend across the nation? 

The law is complicated for injured workers' in a state where cannabis use is legal.  Pollan Dobbs can help you navigate the issues in your claim. 

Click here for the full article with 420 Intel! 

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Do I Need to Worry About Workers' Comp When I Pay My Taxes?

Do I Need to Worry About Workers' Comp When I Pay My Taxes?

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IT'S TAX SEASON!  Have you received any checks from a Workers' Comp claim?  Do you have questions about whether or not you need to claim these amounts in your taxes to the IRS? 


Check out this article on what you may need to do:

The amounts you may have received in the past year are fully exempt from federal tax due, if they were paid to you under a workers' compensation act or a statute in the nature of a workers' compensation act.  

GET THE FACTS ABOUT TAXES AND WORKERS' COMP HERE! 

Just another helpful tip from your friends at Pollan Dobbs!

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Happy Good Friday

Happy Good Friday

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Pollan Dobbs wishes you a safe and relaxing holiday weekend! 

Never Underestimate Safety Training

Never Underestimate Safety Training

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SAFETY FIRST!  

Safety training is an integral part of all manual labor jobs, and no one knows this to be more true than tree and landscape workers.  

This article from The Insurance Journal states that, "tree workers are 56 times more likely to suffer a fatal occupational injury than workers in all industries combined".  

Whether you are employed in a "high-risk industry" or not, be sure to report your injury to your supervisor as soon as it happens!  And take those safety training courses seriously!  

Read more about the Cal/OSHA Tree Work Safety Campaign!  

Click here for full article with The Insurance Journal.  

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Injured Workers Under Siege

Injured Workers Under Siege

In state after state, Workers' Comp changes often means shoddy treatment for injured workers.  Calls for so-called 'reform' come as employers are paying premiums rates at a four decade low.  Added to that, the insurance sector is seeing decade high profits.

So why the need for reform?  Greed.  More than 2/3 of states in the US have reduced worker benefits or made legitimate benefits more difficult to attain.  The new rules have sent millions across America into a spiral of debt, poverty, and a fight for their very health.  Some states like Tennessee are considering allowing your employer to do away with workers' compensation coverage all together. 

The bottom line:  Record profits and low premiums aren't enough and the only way to squeeze more value is to take it out of the very blood and living dignity of our American workforce.  Reductions in disability, and arbitrary denial of legitimate medical treatment are now routine in the name of profit.  In state after state, we are finding that workers who once handled routine claims on their own are needing assistance just to make the insurance companies follow the law. 

This is no longer the workers' compensation system of even the recent past.  If you are hurt, you owe it to yourself and your family to get help from a legal professionals.

Pollan Dobbs, PLLC
888.931.COMP (2667)

When Employers Fail to Secure Workers' Comp Coverage

When Employers Fail to Secure Workers' Comp Coverage

In Mississippi, any companies who employ five or more workers are required by law to purchase workers' compensation insurance.  While most businesses are compliant, a growing number of companies are failing to meet this basic and important requirement.  It should be noted that failure to maintain workers' compensation insurance when required is a criminal offense in Mississippi.

In any state, when a worker is injured on the job and their employer has failed to secure comp insurance a complicated and often disastrous set of events begins.  The negative effects to companies are only trumped by the serious harm suffered by the injured worker.  Resolution of this specific subset of workers' comp claims calls for the assistance of an attorney skilled in handling workers' compensation claims.  Many lawyers that regularly assist injured workers or handle personal injury matters shy away from these type of cases.  

The lawyers at Pollan Dobbs have handled numerous cases of this sort and have found creative solutions that benefit the injured worker first and also serve the interest of the employer to a limited extent.  Cases where workers have been hurt on the job and no insurance is present are complicated and rife with potential pitfalls not normally present in a run of the mill workers' comp claim.

From determining whether to pursue the claim inside or outside of the administrative process to negotiating with companies who threaten to file bankruptcy, it is essential that injured workers make the right choice when selecting their advocate.  Our firm has helped many injured workers as well as attorneys who have referred us these type of cases and each time we have worked to secure a favorable result for all involved.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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WE WISH EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON AND A BRIGHT NEW YEAR!

- The Pollan Dobbs Team

Opioid Use

Opioid Use

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Are you out of work due to a workplace injury?  Have prescribed medications limited your ability to function within your normal job duties?  It is vital to navigate opioid drug issues at the same time you deal with your workers' compensation claim.   We can help you.  Give us a call: 1-888-931-2667

Pollan Dobbs, PLLC, is here to help you get back on track!  

4 Key Policy Words Cost Insurer $200K in Workers Comp Lawsuit

4 Key Policy Words Cost Insurer $200K in Workers Comp Lawsuit

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This Michigan employer did not read the fine print in their own policy - read more on how this vehicle accident lead to paying one worker's benefits to the tune of six figures

Want to make sure you get every dollar you have coming in your Workers' Comp claim?  You may never know for sure without help from legal counsel. 

Call Pollan Dobbs now at: 1-888-931-COMP (2667) .

No fee to call and Never any out of pocket fees! 

Texas posts WC bulletin in aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Texas posts WC bulletin in aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

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Texas Workers’ Compensation Commissioner, Ryan Brannan, issues bulletin to guide workers’ compensation matters in response to Hurricane Harvey and flooding in Texas.

Division of Workers’ Compensation also launches hurricane resource webpage for injured employees, carriers, and health care providers affected by the storm.  

Click here to view bulletin posted by Texas Department of Insurance.  

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