The Connecticut workers' compensation system has clearly outlined rules and requirements defined by state law. These requirements are designed to allow injured workers to obtain the benefits they need after suffering from an injury or illness at work. As this blog reported in a previous post, sometimes a worker's case may not go as planned. When situations arise that present potential difficulties, it is important for an injured Connecticut worker to know what rights he or she has.
The workers' compensation system provides for a number of benefits for workers who suffer from a workplace illness or on-the-job injury. There are monetary benefits for which a worker may qualify based on his or her illness. Such benefits are available for total disability to partial disability, as well as day of wages and even benefits for a dependent survivor. One of the most crucial types of benefits, however, is those that compensate for medical expenses.
Unfortunately, suffering an injury of sort at work is not all that uncommon. When a worker receives workers' compensation benefits following a workplace accident or injury, he or she may feel a great weight lifted off his or her shoulders. Benefits are coming in and the worker can stop worrying about lost wages or how to pay medical expenses. However, workers' compensation benefits may not last indefinitely.
An injured worker might have numerous questions prior to and upon reporting the facts of their injury to an employer. After filing a workers' compensation claim, he or she might question whether they will be able to promptly obtain workers' compensation benefits. Unfortunately, however, that is not always the case and there may be bumps along the road.
There are many types of injuries that may occur in the workplace. From back injuries to leg injuries, many workplaces pose dangers to the body. One type of injury that Connecticut residents may not associate with a workplace injury is a jaw injury, but unfortunately, injuries to the jaw are all too common and may result in a worker suffering from a TMJ disorder.
Many Connecticut residents are aware of the dangers of asbestos. Asbestos, which was commonly used in shipyards and industrial facilities, as well as old schools or public buildings, has microscopic fibers that a person can breathe in. These fibers cause damage to a person's lungs and can lead to mesothelioma cancer. A person who has worked in one of these facilities, or in another facility in which asbestos was present, may have been put at risk for mesothelioma cancer through possible long-term exposure to toxic chemicals.
Suffering a workplace injury is frightening not just due to the pain and suffering caused by the injury itself, but also because of how it may affect one's job. In a recent post, this blog reported on a construction accident that injured three Connecticut workers. The workers fell almost 30 feet while working on a building near train tracks. While their injuries were luckily not fatal, they will undoubtedly be out of work for a long period of time while they recover, and their medical expenses will be very high. Workers' compensation benefits can help them with these costs.
Workers in Connecticut who are injured on the job will have a great deal to think about beyond simply recovering from their injuries. For many, there might be a worry that they'll have massive medical expenses and aren't going to be able to make ends meet due to lost wages and missed time at work. It is with this in mind that workers have workers' compensation benefits. When suffering an injury, it's important that the worker and his or her family know what to do immediately after the incident and how to apply for workers' compensation.
Most employees understand that a provider of workers' compensation benefits will pay for all medical bills associated with the injury, so long as the attending physician provides the care. However, many workers are unsure of whether other expenses connected to the medical bills will also be taken care of via workers' compensation.
The police headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, that was previously under review by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has received its final report. The station has been fined for asbestos and water contamination violations that may have increased employees' long-term exposure to toxic chemicals.