Workers in Connecticut have a lot of responsibilities they have to meet, including some responsibilities that are related to keeping themselves and others safe.
Unfortunately, as anyone who has worked knows, it is impossible for every employee to be on their A game all of the time. In other words, people make mistakes and, quite frankly, are from time to time careless.
The good news is that Connecticut’s workers’ compensation system accounts for the fact that a work-related injury might be entirely or at least partially the fault of the injured worker. Because workers’ compensation in Connecticut is awarded without regard to fault, an employee who gets hurt at work can still file for, and, generally speaking, receive, benefits for medical bills and lost wages. The only question that they should be asked is whether the injury or illness is actually work-related.
Additionally, a Connecticut worker cannot be fired or punished at work simply for filing a workers’ compensation claim. This means that a worker has been hurt or sickened at work should not feel afraid to file a claim for benefits.
As a word of caution, though, while workers cannot get in trouble for finding workers’ compensation claims, they can face discipline if they were injured in connection with their violating a known workplace rule or safety practice. This is because employer, while they must offer workers’ compensation, have a right to expect that their employees will follow their procedures.
Although workers’ compensation is a no-fault system in Connecticut, this does not mean that getting benefits is always easy. In many cases, a Connecticut resident may need the assistance of a workers’ compensation attorney to help them get the compensation they deserve.