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June 2014 Archives

Record settlement for worker injured on a construction site

A recent workers' compensation settlement just became the largest ever awarded in Connecticut history. A construction worker received $4.5 million in compensation for a paralyzing fall he suffered in 2007.The worker was an 18-year-old in 2007 when he was working on a construction site. He was performing roof work when he fell off of an 18-foot ladder. The ladder fall broke his spine, rendering him a quadriplegic. The construction company later received citations from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for violating safety standards where the worker was injured on the construction site. Some of the citations related to defects on the ladder that was involved in the fall. Part of the settlement agreement incorporated the purchasing of a modified house for the now 24-year-old worker to call home. Until recently, he had been in multiple rehabilitation centers.As in many cases, a workers' compensation claim was the main remedy available for the worker rather than suing the construction company itself. Workers' compensation is a program in place that offers payments to employees who become injured or disabled on the job, or as a result of the job. Such claims can help the employee recover costs from medical care related to the injury, replacement income, and compensation for permanent injuries suffered.Employees injured on the job or as a result of work-related circumstances deserve compensation for the financial burden often imposed by such injuries. Workers' compensation claims cannot repair what the employee has been through but they may be able to help ease some of the financial strain for injured employees, like the construction worker in this instance.

Connecticut lawmakers may expand workers' compensation coverage

In Connecticut, workers compensation generally covers injuries to employees that occur while the employee is on the job. This includes incidents like getting into a vehicle accident or workers injuring their backs while lifting something heavy. Other workplace injuries may not be as easy to spot-such as those not visible to the eye or that develop over a period of years, like cancer or mental illness.In many states, presumption laws already grant workers' compensation to police officers, first responders and other emergency personnel who develop certain types of cancer and heart diseases that are believed to be work-related. There is now a push for expanding workers' compensation to cover mental health illnesses as well. Proponents want illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder-when employees are faced with mental and emotional difficulties-to be covered for individuals such as the staff at Sandy Hook may have experienced in the December 2012 shooting.

Postal worker airlifted to hospital after injury from work crash

A U.S. Postal Service worker in Connecticut required airlifting to a hospital following injuries sustained in an on-the-job crash. A pick-up truck struck the U.S. Postal Service truck from behind, propelling it into oncoming traffic. The U.S. Postal Service truck collided head-on with a vehicle heading in the opposite direction, causing injuries to five others in addition to the postal worker. Employees sustaining injuries at work, like the postal worker in this case, have a remedy to receive the compensation they deserve.

Connecticut construction worker hurt in scaffolding fall

Scaffolding falls are among the most common serious accidents at construction sites. Workers must climb high on these temporary structures where any wrong step or poorly placed equipment can lead to a fall and serious injuries.

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