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.
Most residents in Connecticut are aware that the state has a system for providing certain benefits to workers who are injured on the job. However, relatively few people are aware of the types of benefits that this system provides - and with that - does not provide. This post will provide an overview of Connecticut's workers' compensation benefits.
In Connecticut, and states throughout the nation, workers' compensation programs exist to provide individuals who become ill or hurt while doing their jobs with money to support themselves and their families while they recover. The program exists to prevent workers from having to sue their employers every time they are hurt or become sick while on the job, which would become costly and burdensome for all of the parties involved. In order to file a workers' compensation claim in Connecticut, individuals must look to the state's workers' compensation laws.
Many of us know that workers have rights, and that employers have obligations to provide a reasonably safe working environment. However, most of us are a bit foggy on the details.