Workers' compensation laws have protected Connecticut workers for nearly 100 years. Workers' compensation laws provide injured employees with a mechanism for receiving financial benefits to cover medical care and partial replacement of wages after an injury on the job. The injured worker does not have to prove that the employer was negligent in order to receive benefits.
Types of workers covered by workers' compensation include a whole array of employees, such as the following:
- Construction workers
- Industrial workers
- Food service workers
- Health care providers
- Office workers
It is important for an employee to document any workplace injury by reporting it to the employer, and to file a timely claim for benefits, especially if the employer refuses to provide benefits. One aspect of workers' compensation that many people are not aware of is that a timely filed claim continues for the claimant's lifetime unless the employer and employee enter into a full and final stipulation, or settlement, approved by the Commissioner.
A workers' compensation claimant may be entitled to further benefits, even years after he or she has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). Additional benefits may be available as a result of a natural worsening of the condition. Also, if a worker can no longer perform a job due to a work injury and must take a lower paying job, the first employer may be obligated to pay the worker a portion of the wage difference. These benefits may be claimed years after the injury occurred.
If you have an older workers' compensation claim and if that injury has worsened over time, or you can no longer perform the job in which you were injured, talk to a New Haven workers' compensation attorney about Connecticut General Statutes, Sections 31-308 and 308a. You may be entitled to additional benefits for partial permanent disability under these laws. Your workers' compensation lawyer can guide you in getting second medical opinions, documenting and arguing your case for further compensation.
Workers' Comp Claims · Branford Work Injury Attorney
Whether you have suffered a recent on-the-job injury or worsening health related to a long–dormant worker's compensation claim, talk to an experienced lawyer. To schedule a consultation on Connecticut workers' compensation claims, contact Reilly & Reilly, PC, by calling 203-871-3563 or e-mailing the law firm through this website.