Filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits can be relatively simple, unless the claim is rejected by the workers' compensation commissioner or his designee. At that point, the procedure may become legally complicated depending upon the error that the commissioner is alleged to have made.
In its most recent post, this blog analyzed the nature of a third-party claim in Connecticut's workers compensation law. A third-party claim is a civil lawsuit against a party that is not the employer of the injured party but who may have been liable for a portion of the worker's damages.
Most Connecticut workers understand that they have a claim for workers' compensation benefits if they are injured or die in an accident that is related to their worker.
Connecticut workers who suffer on-the-job injuries are eligible for a number of important benefits under the state's workers' compensation system, including payment of medical expenses, reimbursement for lost wages and compensation for both permanent and temporary disability. As welcome as these benefits may be, most workers want to return to work and become productive again. In order to assist in the process, the workers' compensation system provides rehabilitation benefits for injured workers.
Most workers in Connecticut know that they are entitled to benefits under the state's workers' compensation law if they suffer an injury on the job, but most employees lack a detailed understanding of how the claims process works. While every claim is unique and every worker has a unique story to tell, the basic steps in the claims process must be followed by every claimant. An understanding of the workers' compensation claims process is essential to filing a successful claim and obtaining an award of benefits.
Workplace accidents occasionally result in the death of the worker. In such cases, the worker's family usually wonders whether they can collect workers' compensation benefits to cover medical and funeral expenses and lost income. Fortunately for Connecticut families, the state's workers' compensation system provides generous benefits for the family of a worker killed in a job-related accident.
Custom pizza shops have proliferated in Connecticut and elsewhere over the last several decades. People who love the choice of cheeses and other toppings do not often realize that their culinary freedom depends on many behind-the-scenes workers. One of these workers recently settled a workers' compensation claim for an injury to his foot and ankle for $180,000.
A common question posed by recipients of workers' compensation benefits in Connecticut is "What happens if I suffer another injury in the same spot?" The question was answered for one injured worker who recently settled his second workers' compensation claim for nearly $400,000.
When a Connecticut resident files a claim for workers' compensation benefits, the first question is whether the injury was related to the claimant's employment. When the injury occurs at the place of employment, the answer is usually not disputed, but when an injury occurs away from the workplace or during a time when the employee is not expected to be on duty, the answer may be more complex. In a recent case, the Workers' Compensation Review Board ruled that an injury sustained during a lunch break but in the course of fulfilling a work-related task was compensable.
The legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational use is under consideration by a number of states. A subsidiary issue - the use of marijuana as a medical treatment - has been decided in favor of the plant by a number of states, including Connecticut. Anyone whose marijuana treatment satisfies the criteria specified in the statute is eligible for reimbursement for the costs of such treatment.