Most workers in Connecticut have some understanding of their rights under the state's workers' compensation system, but what they don't know may lead to costly errors in pursuing a claim for benefits.
A 59-year-old Stamford construction worker fell to his death while attempting to replace a warehouse roof on Oct. 10. The incident occurred at Stamford Windustrial, located along Sunnyside Avenue in Waterside.
This blog focuses almost exclusively on the Connecticut workers' compensation law, but other laws at the state and federal level provide compensation for certain kinds of on-the-job injuries and illnesses. When two compensation statutes intersect, employers will often try to use the duplicate coverage to their advantage by arguing that the least generous set of benefits should control the case.
Connecticut's workers' compensation system provides a variety of benefits to workers who suffer an injury or illness that is related to their employment. If a person is rendered unable to work because of a work-related illness or injury, that person may be eligible for what are called "wage replacement benefits" until he or she is able to return to work. These benefits are also referred to as disability benefits.
Connecticut State Police and other law enforcement agencies have stepped up their public service announcements highlighting their increased enforcement of traffic infractions in road construction zones in recent years.
Filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits can be relatively simple, unless the claim is rejected by the workers' compensation commissioner or his designee. At that point, the procedure may become legally complicated depending upon the error that the commissioner is alleged to have made.
In its most recent post, this blog analyzed the nature of a third-party claim in Connecticut's workers compensation law. A third-party claim is a civil lawsuit against a party that is not the employer of the injured party but who may have been liable for a portion of the worker's damages.
Most Connecticut workers understand that they have a claim for workers' compensation benefits if they are injured or die in an accident that is related to their worker.
Connecticut workers who suffer on-the-job injuries are eligible for a number of important benefits under the state's workers' compensation system, including payment of medical expenses, reimbursement for lost wages and compensation for both permanent and temporary disability. As welcome as these benefits may be, most workers want to return to work and become productive again. In order to assist in the process, the workers' compensation system provides rehabilitation benefits for injured workers.
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.