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November 2017 Archives

Explosions and fire in cosmetics factory kills one, injures 125

Connecticut and her neighboring states are dotted with small manufacturing plants. Many of these facilities use chemicals that can cause fires and explosions if they are mishandled or used improperly. A recent factory explosion in eastern New York state shows how even the manufacture of mundane products such as cosmetics can produce a devastating workplace accident.

Connecticut Supreme Court limits reach of firefighters' rule

Firefighters and police officers in Connecticut are often injured in the course of their employment. In virtually all such cases, the state's workers' compensation commission provides compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and temporary and permanent disability. Like other injured workers in the state, firefighters and police officers can also maintain third-party liability actions against parties who are not employers but who may be at fault for any injuries. However, this right is limited by the state's so-called "firefighters' rule," a legal doctrine that limits the kinds of third-party actions that firefighters and police officers can bring.

How does an injured worker obtain workers' compensation benefits?

Most Connecticut workers are aware that the state's workers' compensation system will pay them certain benefits if they are injured while working, but the actual process for obtaining benefits can be something of a mystery. This post will provide an overview of the workers' compensation claim process in hopes of clarifying.

Trump Administration to limit review of toxic chemicals

In the summer of 2016, Congress passed an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act that directed the Environmental Protection Agency to identify the 10 most hazardous chemicals based upon their potential for causing illness. The EPA published the list on November 29, 2016. Now the Trump administration is seriously undercutting the effectiveness of the amendment by refusing to include so-called "legacy" uses and long-term exposure to toxic chemicals in its review of the dangers of these chemicals.

A big rig crashed into your car -- what now?

Drivers of cars and SUVs will always be vulnerable -- especially when they have to share the busy Connecticut roads with big rigs. Regardless of how careful you are and your safe driving habits, a distracted semi driver can cause a devastating crash in the blink of an eye. Given the size of a tractor-trailer compared to a passenger vehicle, a truck driver may walk away unscathed while you and your passengers might suffer catastrophic injuries or worse.

We understand third party claims for workplace injuries

The Connecticut workers compensation system is predicated on a compromise: workers give up their right to sue their employers for workplace injuries or illnesses and employers agree to pay benefits without a showing of liability. This compromise does not, however, include entities that may be entirely or partially at fault for a workplace accident. Employees are not restricted in any way from seeking damages from parties other than their employers for on-the-job injuries.

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