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.
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.
Working as a home health aide is difficult work. Home health aides assist people who are elderly, ill, disabled or impaired. They help their clients with tasks of daily living, including physical tasks such as helping them stand or move. An injured worker may not be able to fully complete all of the tasks required of a home health aide.
When a Connecticut worker is injured in a workplace accident or falls ill due to unsafe working conditions, the worker may want to pursue a workers' compensation claim. One of the first steps for a worker to take is to file a Form 30C, which serves as written notification of a benefits claim.
Connecticut workers may have heard about the failure of the previous Congress to renew The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, causing surprise and disappointment for insurance executives. An expectation for the new Congress to act on the measure immediately has stalled alterations in insurer behavior that may impact workers' compensation coverage.
Many workers may be uncertain of what to do when they see a dangerous workplace condition. Uncertainty of whom to report it to or the fear of retaliation may hold some employees back from pursuing action to make a change. Fortunately, statutes exist to protect employees who find themselves in this position.
A string of metro derailments has brought attention to improving safety on the lines. One of the suggested improvements to reduce injuries at work includes an increase in sleep disorder screenings to reduce fatigue in train engineers and other employees.
Workers across the nation are aware that some jobs are inherently dangerous. Even though these occupations include risks, these jobs still need to be carried out. Furthermore, various steps could be taken to create a more safe work environment in order to reduce or avoid work injuries or illnesses. If an employer fails to provide a safe work environment or fails to improve work training and safety equipment, a serious workplace accident could occur.
Connecticut's workers' compensation system provides benefits for workers who have been hurt in workplace accidents or sickened by occupational illnesses. It is reasonably clear that a qualified worker who is hurt in an accident at the job site while performing his or her job duties should be covered by the benefits system. However, there are many cases in which coverage is not so clear.
While fans were rooting for the University of Connecticut men's basketball team on the road in the NCAA playoffs and championship, back on campus the organization was in hot water over a construction contractor that was reportedly avoiding worker protection laws. The incident helps illustrate important points about the state's workers' compensation system.