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.
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?