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.
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.
The state of Connecticut offers many aids to injured workers to help them file claims for workers' compensation benefit. Many forms are available on line. Why, then, should an injured worker hire a lawyer to file and pursue a claim for a work-related injury? The answer can be simple: the workers' compensation claims process, like life, can be filled with uncertainty, and experienced lawyers help injured workers navigate through these uncertainties.
Most Connecticut workers know that they can recover benefits from the state's workers' compensation system for a work related injury. The scope and amount of those benefits are not always as well known, especially if the worker is rendered totally or partially disabled by the injury. Many serious work-place injuries cause the worker to lose all or a portion of the capacity to work in the future. How does the state workers' compensationsystem treat such injuries and the resulting disability?
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.