Colorado Revised Statutes Title 8 Labor and Industry § 8-44-105 Provisions of policies--primary liability--notice of injury
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Every contract insuring against liability for compensation or insurance policy evidencing the same shall contain a clause to the effect that the insurance carrier shall be directly and primarily liable to the employee and, in the event of death, to said employee's dependents to pay compensation, if any, for which the employer is liable, thereby discharging to the extent of such payment the obligations of the employer to the employee; that, as between the employee and the insurance carrier, notice or knowledge of the occurrence of the injury on the part of the employer shall be deemed notice or knowledge, as the case may be, on the part of the insurance carrier; that jurisdiction of the employer, for the purpose of articles 40 to 47 of this title, shall be jurisdiction of the insurance carrier; and that the insurance carrier, in all things, shall be bound by and subject to the orders, findings, decisions, or awards rendered against the employer under the provisions of said articles. Such policy shall also provide that the employee shall have a first lien upon any amount which becomes owing to the employer from the insurance carrier, and the insurance carrier shall pay the same directly to the employee or the employee's dependents, thereby discharging to the extent of such payment the obligation of the employer to the employee. The policy shall not contain any provisions relieving the insurance carrier from payment when the employer becomes legally incapable or insolvent or is discharged in bankruptcy or otherwise during the period that the policy is in operation or the compensation remains owing.
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