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Connecticut Workers' Compensation

Connecticut Workers' Compensation

Workers' compensation coverage is provided to all Connecticut employees who are injured while performing their normal job function or who are disabled due to an occupational illness or disease. The Workers' Compensation Commission (WCC) administers Connecticut's workers compensation program with the "ultimate goal of ensuring that workers injured on the job receive prompt payment of lost work time benefits and attendant medical expenses". The Workers' Compensation Commission administers the state's program by participating in voluntary agreements, negotiating disputes, determining awards, holding hearings, making ruling on appeals and closes cases by negotiating workers' compensation settlement awards.

Workers compensation has eliminated the need for the injured Connecticut worker to sue their employer for compensation for work injuries. The worker forfeits the right to sue while the employer agrees to provide medical benefits, and in some cases, wage loss compensation. This trade-off is outlined in Connecticut workers' compensation laws and eliminates the need for the employee to prove the employer was negligent through a lawsuit to receive compensation.


Common injuries covered under Connecticut Workers' Compensation

Connecticut workers' compensation laws will provide compensation for most injuries and occupational illnesses which occur in the normal course of business.

There are injuries that are not covered which can include:

Injuries generally covered

Common illnesses and work injuries that are generally covered under Connecticut workers' compensation law include the following:

  • Back injuries
  • Abrasions
  • Amputations of legs, arms, fingers or toes
  • Cancer from a certain chemical or toxin
  • Heart attack
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Concussions
  • Burns
  • Stroke
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Asbestosis
  • Radiation poisoning

Connecticut Worker's Compensation Benefits

Connecticut workers injured on the job or who suffer from an occupational illness may be entitled to lost wage compensation and paid medical expenses.


Do You Need a Connecticut Worker's Compensation Attorney?

Workers compensation is available to workers who are injured or who become ill due to an accident or conditions at their worksite. If you have become sick or have been injured you may be able to recover lost wages and receive paid medical care through workers' compensation insurance which is provided by your employer.

Connecticut employers who have more than one employee are required by law to purchase workers' compensation insurance, and if an on the job injury occurs the claim must be filed with the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission within a specified time period.

Some cases of workers' compensation may not require the assistance of a Connecticut workers' compensation lawyer, but if your employer has denied you workers' compensation, your employer is not insured, your is underinsured, or you have a severe work injury that may make it difficult or impossible for you to find future employment, it may be a good idea to contact a workers' compensation lawyer.

How to proctect your Compensation Rights

Even though you can not sue your employer for a work-related injury, there are several things you need to do right away to protect your rights. First notify your employee immediately if you have been injured at work. There is a specified time for filing for workers' compensation benefits and failure to file prior to the deadline may forfeit your right to workers' compensation. Keep track of all of your expenses and any time you have missed from work. If you need more information about your rights under Connecticut workers' compensation law you can contact the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission.

Contact Information for Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission

Workers' Compensation Commission
Capitol Place
21 Oak Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Phone: (860) 493-1500
Fax: (860) 247-1361

Internet: http://wcc.state.ct.us/

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