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.
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.