Work injuries occur for all kinds of reasons. A fluke gust of wind on an otherwise clear and still day could send supplies tumbling at a construction site, injuring a worker far below. A worker in a warehouse hitting the wrong pedal while loading a truck could...
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What’s a commissioner’s exam in a CT workers’ compensation claim?
Every state has some unique quirks in its worker’s compensation program, and Connecticut is no exception. One of those quirks is the use of a “commissioner's exam.” If you’ve been informed that the Workers’ Compensation Commission has requested an independent exam by...
Can you lose your job over a workers’ compensation claim?
When you suffer a serious injury at your workplace, you have the right to pursue worker's compensation. Even so, you might hesitate to file a claim for fear of termination or other repercussions from your employer. Certain injuries may put you out of work for extended...
Why is worker fatigue such a concern in warehouses?
If many employers had their way, they'd have their employees work longer hours and harder than perhaps the human body can handle. Fortunately, government regulators keep track of workplace safety data. These statistics have been instrumental in shaping employment...
The dangers of construction don’t just involve heights
While the prospect of a construction worker falling from a significant height is a reality that construction workers face, it's not the only one they need to worry about. Countless construction workers suffer injuries while moving ground or working underground. You'll...
Settlement options in workers’ comp cases
Government officials keep track of workplace safety data. Some of those statistics show that some industries are notably less safe than others. Construction is one of them. It's a labor-intensive field to work in, and there are many ways for people who work in it to...
Who is responsible for reporting a workplace injury?
If you suffer an injury at your workplace in Connecticut, you may want to take advantage of your workers' compensation benefits while you recover. Depending on your circumstances, you can receive financial support to offset medical expenses and lost wages. As soon as...
What happens if you suffer a crush injury?
Of all the potential injuries you may face on the job, crush injuries often pose some of the most gruesome and painful outcomes. Not only that, but a crush injury can seriously impact your ability to work in both the long and the short term. So what happens after you...
What are OSHA’s rules about bathroom breaks?
You may be unaware, but holding your urine and not using the bathroom regularly can lead to serious bladder injuries and other health issues. For this reason, not having access to proper bathroom facilities at work can be dangerous. OSHA regulations require that your...
How employers communicate hazards from chemicals to employees
Some industries involve the transportation, storage and use of dangerous chemicals. Examples include solvents, silica, mercury, lead, formaldehyde and asbestos. Exposure to chemicals such as these poses a wide range of health and safety hazards to workers. Employers...
Verdicts & Settlements
36-year-old laborer for landscaping company fractured wrist when fellow employee hit him with truck. Claimant received in excess of $30,000 in workers’ compensation benefits for total disability and medical expenses and settled with automobile insurance company for fellow employee for $95,000.
1989 workers’ compensation claim settled for $125,000. Claimant originally sustained a low back injury when she slipped and fell at local grocery store resulting in low back surgery in 1989. Several years later, claimant exacerbated her low back injury. Claim was reopened and settled with carrier for $125,000 in 2006.
47-year-old deli clerk sustained low back injuries at work for local supermarket. Carrier originally denied claim on the grounds that the injury was pre-existing. After formal workers’ compensation hearing carrier accepted claim and paid all total disability benefits and medical expenses in excess of $100,000. Case then settled for an additional $100,000 after injured person received a permanent disability rating.
34-year-old male roofer sustained multiple injuries to his shoulder, neck, back and hip when he fell from roof during work. Claimant was provided workers’ compensation benefits in excess of $100,000 and settled remaining claims for an additional $55,000.
40-year-old male working for cleaning company sustained neck and low back injuries when he fell on defective staircase while cleaning local museum. Claimant recovered over $95,000 in workers’ compensation benefits and resolved claim against museum for $85,000.
26-year-old laborer sustained fractured foot when a cast iron pipe was dropped on his foot. Employer and workers’ compensation carrier denied claim on basis that injured worker was an independent contractor. After a series of informal and formal workers’ compensation hearings, carrier conceded that claimant was an employee and settled case for $85,000.
24-year-old waitress sustained back injury while working at Outback Steak House. Workers’ compensation insurance company initially denied the claim. After a series of informal hearings, carrier accepted claim paying medical expenses and total disability benefits. In addition to those benefits paid, claim settled for an additional $75,000.
Delivery truck driver sustained right wrist fracture in rear-end motor vehicle accident while in the course of his employment. Claimant recovered in excess of $40,000 in workers’ compensation benefits for medical expenses and total disability benefits. Claimant settled case against at-fault driver for $105,000.
22-year-old male working as stocking clerk at “big box” retailer sustained herniated disc in low back. Workers’ compensation carrier refused to accept the claim. After formal workers’ compensation, hearing commissioner ordered carrier to pay over $35,000 in past total disability benefits and pay for surgery and all related medical expenses. Case settled for an additional $35,000 for a total recovery in excess of $100,000.
Rear-end collision on entrance ramp to Merritt Parkway resulting in 49-year-old woman sustaining mid-back injury. Case settled at mediation after filing suit for $300,000.
28-year-old passenger sustained multiple herniated discs in automobile accident in New York state. New York no-fault carrier paid for extended period of disability from work and medical expenses, including expenses for surgery. Case settled against driver of vehicle for $300,000 policy limits shortly after filing suit.
54-year-old man sustains shoulder injury when hit from behind by uninsured motorist on New Jersey Turnpike. Case settled for $135,000 prior to trial.
CT Transit bus driver sustained torn meniscus in collision with another vehicle. Claims made against at-fault driver, workers’ compensation carrier and client’s underinsured motorist policy. All claims settle for a recovery in excess of $100,000.
68-year-old woman sustained neck and back injuries in rear-end collision and required extended course physical therapy, but was not a surgical candidate. Case settled for $100,000 prior to filing suit.
34-year-old woman sustained concussion and neck and back injuries in hit-and-run accident on a New York highway. Claimant settled uninsured motorist claim for her $100,000 policy limits.
80-year-old woman sustained right foot fracture when her foot was run over in a parking lot. Case settled for at-fault driver’s policy limit of $100,000 prior to filing suit.
38-year-old nanny sustained right femur fracture when she fell down defective stairs in home of her employer’s neighbor. All medical expenses and lost wages reimbursed and case settled for an additional $150,000.
Claim against landlord for defective staircase in multi-family rental house. Claimant sustained a right femur fracture. Case settled for $125,000 prior to filing suit.
$95,000 judgment obtained against bar and nightclub for assault by one of its patrons against another patron.
47-year-old woman sustained a broken left wrist when she fell from porch stairs at house she was renting. Case settled for $95,000 shortly before trial.
26-year-old male bitten on leg by German shepherd. Claim against dog owner settled for $65,000 plus payment of all medical expenses.