Workplace Accidents in Connecticut
Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Are Ready To Help
Recovering fair compensation after suffering an injury at your workplace is no easy task here in Connecticut. State laws will require you to work through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. These laws also limit your ability to sue your employer or collect compensation for pain and suffering. You will need legal guidance if you truly want to receive the compensation you deserve after a workplace accident.
At Walsh Woodard LLC, we have experience helping injured workers get the compensation they need. Our history of service goes back to 1949, and we are proud to continue this service today! Though Connecticut workers’ compensation law is complex, we believe in helping the injured during their time of need. The following information may help those facing the hurdles of the Connecticut workers’ compensation system.
What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover in Connecticut?
Here in Connecticut, our workers’ compensation system covers almost every worker. This includes:
- Part-time and full-time employees
This coverage applies regardless of the size of an employer, hours worked or length of employment. Workers in a private home who work less than 26 hours a week are one of the few exceptions.
Workers’ compensation for these employees include:
- Medical treatment,
- Lost wages/wage replacement, and
- Other benefits.
You can learn even more about Connecticut workers’ compensation benefits by visiting Connecticut’s Workers’ Compensation Comission Website.
What Should I Do If I Suffer a Workplace Injury?
If you have suffered an injury while on the job, your top priority should be seeking medical treatment. Your health and safety is paramount in all situations, please do not neglect yourself.
Your employer or coworkers should be able to aid you in getting medical help. Seek that aid and do not hesitate to report your injury to your employer. Delays in reporting your injury could lead to disputes down the line, so make sure your employer knows you suffered an injury while working.
The next important step is to file an official claim. The statute of limitations for filing a claim is 1 year from the date of your injury, or 3 years from when the first symptoms of a work-related illness emerged. Remember, your employer’s “First Report of Occupational Injury or Illness” form is not the official claim. A 30C Form from a District Office or the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Education Services is the proper method for filing a claim.
If you are confused by this process, our Hartford workers’ compensation lawyers are ready to help. Give us a call at (860) 549-8440 during any step in the workers’ compensation process for the help you need.
What If My Employer Contests My Claim?
In some situations, an employer may decide to contest your claim for workers’ compensation benefits. In this scenario, your employer may question whether your injury or sickness was the result of your occupation. Your employer must send you a written notice of denial or begin making workers’ compensation payments within 28 calendar days.
If you receive a denial, you can request an informal hearing from your local Workers’ Compensation Commission District Office.
Why You Should Consider Hiring a Hartford Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Individuals injured during the course of their employment have limited options for recovery under Connecticut workers’ compensation laws. However, there are certain exceptions to the exclusive Workers’ Compensation remedy, and we have represented many individuals who fit within one of the enumerated exceptions. Additionally, even if your claim against an employer is only for workers’ compensation, there may be avenues for recovery against other wrongdoers who participated in your injury.
Though hiring an attorney is not a requirement when dealing with workers’ compensation, it may save you grief and frustration. This area of law is extremely complex and cannot be adequately addressed in general terms on this website. It may also be difficult to grasp using the educational services our state makes available.
Our Hartford workers’ compensation lawyers have experience with navigating the system. If you have suffered a workplace injury and would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us.