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Workers’ Compensation Claims in New Haven
The Workers’ Compensation Commission was established in Connecticut in 1913 and is responsible for the management and adjudication of benefits for workers who have been injured on the job.
In different states, the Workers’ Compensation Program has additional requirements in terms of insurance coverage. Specifically in Connecticut, the Commission mandates that every business that employs more than one person full-time get workers’ compensation insurance for their employees.
This insurance helps pay the following in the event of a workplace injury requiring:
Payment of lost wages
Ongoing care costs
However, in spite of the fact that this coverage is mandatory, many companies may still choose to fight against their injured employees’ requests for support following an injury, accident, or illness that occurred on the job.
What’s the Difference Between Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Claims in New Haven?
Personal injury claims are decided according to blame, meaning that a plaintiff must demonstrate that they were hurt due to a third party’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing for the case to proceed.
On the other hand, the workers’ compensation system operates on a no-fault basis. This indicates that an employee who sustains an injury on the job does not need to prove their employer was at fault to be eligible for benefits.
Although this is wonderful news for an injured worker who needs to undergo care, it does not give an employee the right to sue their company or recover non-economic damages (for damages like pain and suffering) as a result of an injury.
Why Hire a New Haven Workers’ Compensation Lawyer for Your Claim?
The vast majority of claims for workers’ compensation are straightforward and simple to settle. If your injuries were relatively minor, you missed very little or no work, and your employer was supportive. The Workers’ Compensation Commission may be able to handle a large portion of your case.
On the other hand, it may be in your best interest to retain the services of an attorney to assist you with the process if you are experiencing any of the following scenarios:
After sustaining an injury at work, your employer refuses to make accommodations for you and you are still expected to perform the duties of your previous job, even though you find it difficult to do so.
Your employer refuses to pay your claim, does not pay your benefits, or does not cover all your medical expenses following the accident.
After submission of your workers’ compensation claim, your employer engages in some form of retaliatory behavior toward you. Retaliation could take the form of cutting your hours, denying you benefits, demotion or even being fired.
If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits because you’ve been out of work due to a long-term illness or disability caused by a work-related injury you must apply for workers’ compensation.
At Weber & Rubano, our New Haven workers compensation lawyers will help you to file paperwork, find and obtain evidence, meet deadlines, and even take your case to trial if necessary.
Workers’ Compensation vs. Workplace Injury Cases
A workers’ compensation case deals with the aftermath of your workplace injury, not directly dealing with the injury itself. Our New Haven workers’ compensation attorneys can assist with the following facets of a workers’ compensation case:
Retaliation against you or your claim
Lack of accommodations for how you need to work post incident
In contrast, workplace injury suits directly deal with that on-the-job injury. You can only bring a workplace injury suit if:
Your employer does not provide workers’ compensation. This could mean you’re an independent contractor (and exempt from their workers’ comp policy), or if a workplace violates the requirement to have workers’ compensation
Your employer denies your workers’ compensation claim.
As discussed previously, under workers’ compensation systems, the employer is not admitting fault in the event of an injury occurring while on the job, and the employee has no recourse for bringing suit against this person for their injury.
However, this changes if an employer decides to deny a workers’ compensation claim. This would allow an individual to seek financial compensation due to their employer’s negligence.
Denial of a claim would allow workers to sue their employer for their injury and receive the damages stemming from that.
What is the Statute of Limitations on Workers’ Compensation Cases in New Haven?
In Connecticut, the statute of limitations most of the time is one year from the date of the injury. For wrongful workplace death cases, it is a two-year statute of limitations from either the death date or diagnosis date (if it is a terminal disease).
Due to the fact most individuals in the workforce are adults, there is no special time limit provisions for minors who work and are injured on the job.
Call Our New Haven Workers Compensation Lawyers for Your Claim
At Weber & Rubano, we are a team of experienced attorneys who have been practicing law for over 60 years. We have helped thousands of people get justice and maximum compensation.
Our workers compensation attorneys in New Haven are here to help you, if you have been injured, we can review your case for free and tell you the best course of action. We work on a contingency fee basis, so we only get paid if we win your case. Contact our firm for a free consultation.