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February 2018 Archives

Construction worker settles third-party claim for $1.5 million

This blog has frequently mentioned the value of third-party claims in Connecticut workers' compensation cases. A recent settlement of such a claim by a worker who suffered a devastating eye injury demonstrates how such claims can dramatically increase the compensation that can be recovered by an injured construction worker.

Nurse gets $200,000 in workers' comp claim settlement

A Connecticut nurse has received $200,000 in settlement of her workers' compensation claim. The claim was unusual in that the injury was not caused by a work-related accident; rather, the injury was the result of a pre-existing condition, and the fact that it occurred during working hours at the claimant's place of employment was sufficient to qualify for workers' compensation benefits.

OSHA cites construction company for fatal wall collapse

Construction site accidents often involve several parties, including the general contractor, subcontractors and employers of workers hired on a temporary basis. Three different firms, including a cement contractor based in Connecticut, were involved in a construction accident that killed one worker and injured another.

Does your occupation present risks of catastrophic injuries?

If you work in an environment in which there is a high risk of suffering a catastrophic injury, you might have questions about the disability benefits that you may receive from the Connecticut workers' compensation program if you suffer such an injury. This is a valid concern because it could affect your job, your social life and even routine tasks may become challenges.

Court strikes down oil and gas company immunity from suit

It is no secret that Oklahoma depends upon the oil and natural gas industries for jobs, tax revenue and many indirect contributions to its financial well-being. In 2013, the Republican-controlled state legislature enacted a law intended to protect these industries from civil lawsuits for damages for personal injuries. In a recent unanimous decision, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the law because it unlawfully contravened the state workers' compensation system. The ruling should give optimism to workers in Connecticut and many other states.

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