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What is the process for filing a workers' compensation claim?

In Connecticut, and states throughout the nation, workers' compensation programs exist to provide individuals who become ill or hurt while doing their jobs with money to support themselves and their families while they recover. The program exists to prevent workers from having to sue their employers every time they are hurt or become sick while on the job, which would become costly and burdensome for all of the parties involved. In order to file a workers' compensation claim in Connecticut, individuals must look to the state's workers' compensation laws.

In Connecticut the workers' compensation program is administered by the Workers' Compensation Commission. The Commission recommends that an injured or sick worker immediately report their illness or injury to their employer, so that the employer has notice of the issue and so that a delay in reporting does not negatively impact the worker's chances of successfully claiming workers' compensation benefits. At this stage, a worker should also seek medical care to address their ailment. In general, the worker will first see a medical professional of the employer's choosing.

Next, a worker should file an official claim with the Workers' Compensation Commission to receive their injury or illness-related benefits. At this stage a worker may wish to consult with a workers' compensation attorney for help, as an employer or its insurance carrier may delay or fail to provide the worker with the support they need in a timely manner. Filing a workers' compensation claim correctly and completely can be imperative to securing the much-needed benefits for a worker who cannot perform their job.

There are a variety of forms that a worker must fill out in order to comply with the workers' compensation process in Connecticut, but individuals with concerns about these documents do not have to worry. Workers' compensation lawyers can guide them through the step-by-step process of applying for and receiving the benefits they need as they recuperate from their work-related illnesses and injuries.

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