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Worker settles workers' compensation claim for $325,000

How much is the ability to work worth? The question is a common theme in workers' compensation claims. A worker in New Britain who asserted that he would never work again after a workplace accident injured his back recently agreed to accept $325,000 from his employer and the employer's insurer in full payment of workers' compensation benefits for his permanent and total disability.

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.

What is a CT scan and how does it fit into workers' compensation?

Connecticut workers who have been injured on the job are frequently asked to submit to a CT scan. But few doctors offer an explanation of how CT scans work or why these scans are made. The science that is behind CT scans is far too complex to be summarized in this blog. Nevertheless, the widespread use of this medical imaging technique makes it a critical part of the workers' compensation claim process, and this post will provide an overview of its use and functioning.

Construction work is dangerous, but workers accept risks

Construction work is dangerous, even on the best managed sites. Nevertheless, workers in the industry seem willing to accept the risks of serious injury or even death because the work can be both financially and emotionally rewarding. Fortunately, in the event that these workers are hurt on the job, they may be able to find financial relief. The workers' compensation system in Connecticut provides valuable protection against the damages that a construction accident can cause.

Understanding the workers' compensation appellate procedure

Most Connecticut workers understand the basic functioning of the state's workers' compensation procedure. If a worker and his or her employer are unable to reach agreement on the nature of the illness or injury or on the benefits to be paid, a hearing must be held in front of a state Workers' Compensation Commissioner. The hearing gives both the injured worker and the employer a chance to present evidence in favor of or in opposition to the claim. The options to respond to an adverse decision by the commission are less well understood. This post will provide a summary of the workers' compensation internal review process.

A summary of workers' compensation benefits in Connecticut

Most residents in Connecticut are aware that the state has a system for providing certain benefits to workers who are injured on the job. However, relatively few people are aware of the types of benefits that this system provides - and with that - does not provide. This post will provide an overview of Connecticut's workers' compensation benefits.

What is the process for filing a workers' compensation claim?

In Connecticut, and states throughout the nation, workers' compensation programs exist to provide individuals who become ill or hurt while doing their jobs with money to support themselves and their families while they recover. The program exists to prevent workers from having to sue their employers every time they are hurt or become sick while on the job, which would become costly and burdensome for all of the parties involved. In order to file a workers' compensation claim in Connecticut, individuals must look to the state's workers' compensation laws.

A supportive work environment can increase accident reporting

Most Connecticut employees and workers spend so much time at their offices or worksites that they consider it their second home. They enjoy the camaraderie they have with their co-workers and the feeling of importance they get when they complete a task or are part of a large team working together. It is this social interaction that some studies suggest they miss the most when they are missing work due to an injury sustained in a workplace accident. In fact, when employers checked in with injured employees and demonstrated their support for them, it went a long way in establishing trust between employee and employer.

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