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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.

A supportive work environment can increase accident reporting

Most Connecticut employees and workers spend so much time at their offices or worksites that they consider it their second home. They enjoy the camaraderie they have with their co-workers and the feeling of importance they get when they complete a task or are part of a large team working together. It is this social interaction that some studies suggest they miss the most when they are missing work due to an injury sustained in a workplace accident. In fact, when employers checked in with injured employees and demonstrated their support for them, it went a long way in establishing trust between employee and employer.

What types of workers' compensation benefits are available?

When a worker has been injured on the job they may have a number of important concerns. They may wonder what different workers' compensation benefits may be available to help with the physical, financial and emotional burdens associated with being injured at work. It is important for them to have answers to their questions when they have been injured on the job or are suffering from an occupational illness.

Workers' compensation basics

Workers' compensation benefits are important benefits for injured workers or workers otherwise harmed on the job, and their families, which is why it is important to understand the benefits available. In general, workers' compensation is an insurance program purchased by employers to assist injured employees when they have been harmed on the job such as in a workplace accident or by a workplace illness. In some circumstances, employers may be self insured instead of purchasing insurance.

Understanding workers' compensation benefits for injured workers

Workers who have been injured at work in Connecticut may wonder what options and help might be available. The Connecticut workers' compensation system covers nearly all employees who have been injured while working. In general, nearly all employees including part-time employees, minors and other regardless of the type of occupation, size of the business, duration of employment or number of hours worked each day are eligible for workers' compensation.

Vocational rehabilitation services available for injured workers

When a Connecticut worker has become injured on the job, he or she may qualify for workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation benefits may provide coverage for an injured worker's medical care, as well as for lost earnings. Additionally, many Connecticut workers may not be aware that workers' compensation coverage also provides for vocational rehabilitation for many workers. Eligible workers are those who have suffered a permanent limitation that prevents them from doing their previous jobs.

When must injured Connecticut workers perform "light-duty" work?

When a Connecticut worker has been injured on the job, he or she may not be able to perform his or her regular work duties. An injured worker, whether he or she is suffering from a head injury, back injury or other workplace injury, may experience lingering health repercussions following a jobsite accident or illness. Some workers may be able to return to work following an injury, but not be capable of doing the exact job they were doing previously.

Penalties imposed for not having workers' compensation coverage

Connecticut requires that employers carry workers' compensation coverage for their employees. Workers' compensation benefits may then be available for a worker if he or she is injured or becomes ill on the job. Not all employers comply with this requirement, however.

Benefits available for survivors of deceased Connecticut workers

When a Connecticut worker dies on the job, a family's life can be turned upside down. Not only have they lost the companionship of a treasured loved one, but they may have also lost the financial support that the deceased was able to provide. When a worker dies in a workplace accident, his or her survivors may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits to help them during this difficult time.

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