Worker’s Compensation in Connecticut: An Overview

Basic information on the benefits injured workers are entitled to under Connecticut law.

When an employee is injured on-the-job in Connecticut, he may be entitled to worker's compensation benefits; this will depend upon the type of injury the worker sustained, as well as the type of business or organization that the employee works for. It is true that the Worker's Compensation Commission (WCC) is responsible for administering the prompt payment of medical expenses, lost work wages, and other benefits; however, the laws pertaining to each state will vary, but the WCC in each state will work hard to ensure that every worker injured on-the-job receives a fair review when a worker's compensation claim is filed.

Qualifying On-the-Job Injuries

Workers should always take an on-the-job injury claim seriously; there are various types of injuries that could qualify an employee for worker's compensation benefits. Some of the on-the-job injuries that workers have the right to file a claim for include:

  • Back injury
  • Wrist injuries
  • Diseases caused by exposure to hazardous toxins or working conditions
  • Injuries caused by work-related stress
  • Injuries resulting from a crime committed in the workplace

Regulations

Some injuries are not noticed early on, and a Connecticut law firm could help an employee with this type of claim. For instance, constantly picking up and moving boxes could put a strain on an individual's back that may go unnoticed for months – or even years. This could still qualify as a worker's compensation injury.

Even though an employee is off of company property, Connecticut worker's compensation laws may qualify some injuries that occurred while an employee was attending a work-related function, such as a company picnic or seminar, and if an employee was fulfilling a work-related duty, such as picking up supplies for the office, mailing or picking up company packages, etc. Injuries that occur while an employee is on lunch break are still eligible for worker's compensation benefits under Connecticut law.

Hiring an Experienced Attorney

While it is possible for an injured worker to file his own worker's compensation claim, it is not recommended. Having an experienced worker's compensation law firm taking on a case gives the injured employee the knowledge and experience necessary to help with the claim. There are deadlines, forms, and other important information that must be filed on behalf of the injured worker; there are specific deadlines that must be met as well. An injured worker may still qualify for a claim, regardless who is at fault. Temporary workers are also eligible for worker's compensation. These are some of the many things that a lawyer would know, but a person without little or no experience may not.

Workers will need to contact a law firm that specializes in Worker's compensation to determine if they are eligible for benefits. The firm will also help the individuals fill out their Connecticut Worker's Compensation form, and help them win the benefits that they deserve.

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