The Connecticut Workers’ Compensation system provides benefits to workers who are injured in a workplace accident, but it can do the same for workers who are injured while away from the office on work-related business. In most cases, when the injury was related to the worker’s job duties, the Workers’ Compensation system can provide benefits.

Recently, Connecticut Department of Transportation employees were stopped by the side of a highway in an agency truck when a driver struck it from behind. Agency officials said the employees were at the site in Torrington with a pickup truck and a large cherry-picker truck in order to fix a broken highway light. Additionally, officials said the trucks had strobe lights on to alert other drivers and were waiting for help to arrive when a driver crashed into at least one of the DOT trucks.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.. DOT officials did not release details on the condition of the two employees, but said they were “OK.” However, in instances like these, workers are often hurt. When they are, these individuals should know what they can do to seek workers’ compensation.

When Connecticut residents are injured in a typical car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, they may seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages through a personal injury lawsuit. However, in the case of a car accident on the job, the injured worker can instead be reimbursed for some of these expenses through the workers’ compensation system.

In theory at least, it’s easier to get workers’ compensation benefits than it is to receive an award in a personal injury lawsuit. The injured party must prove the other party was negligent in a personal injury case, but there is no need to prove negligence in order to receive workers’ compensation. However, in practice, the workers’ compensation system can be tricky, especially after an initial claim is rejected. At times like these, it’s a good idea to have the help of an experienced Connecticut workers’ compensation attorney.

Source: The Courant, “Car Hits DOT Vehicle On Route 8 In Torrington,” Jan. 3, 2013