Connecticut Workers' Compensation Claims
UPDATED: March 10, 2020
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Connecticut workers' compensation claims may be submitted to the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission by employees who have been injured in an accident connected to their jobs, or by employees who contract illnesses because of the duties they must perform at work or because of unsafe conditions at their places of work. Because Connecticut makes it mandatory for any employer with more than one employee to carry workers' compensation insurance, all non-exempt employees in Connecticut are covered under the state's workers' compensation system.
Process for Connecticut Workers' Compensation Claims
Immediately after you are injured at work, you should see a doctor about your injury. The doctor who initially treats your medical condition must then complete and give you, your employer, and your employer's insurance provider a copy of the initial report on your condition.
After you have received medical attention, you should promptly notify your manager, supervisor, foreman, or boss about your employment-connected injury. Your employer must file a "First Report of Injury" form with the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Division after he has been notified of your occupational injury or disease.
You should then complete and submit a Notice of Claim for Compensation (Form 30C) with the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission within one year of your injury, or within three years of the onset of an occupational disease. You will not be permitted to file a claim if you fail to meet this deadline because of the statute of limitations for workers' compensation claims in the state. This means that delaying can lead to the loss of such workers' compensation benefits as income replacement, permanent disability, and medical benefits, among others.
Finally, seek the counsel of an experienced Connecticut workers' compensation attorney if you have questions about how to file a Connecticut workers' compensation claim and need guidance on how best to proceed with your case.
Reasons to Hire a Connecticut Workers' Compensation Attorney
An experienced Connecticut workers' compensation attorney should be contacted if you are unsure how to file a workers' compensation claim, need help meeting deadlines, or if your injury or illness is long-term, severe, or hard to prove. In addition, if your case is complicated because your employer lacks insurance or does not have enough, or is uncooperative and contests your claim, it is imperative that you have an experienced Connecticut workers' compensation lawyer at your side. They will persuasively assert your claim for workers' compensation benefits, as well as help you structure a lawsuit if a third party was involved in the cause of your injury and you are seeking to recover from both your employer and from the third party.
In general, hiring a Connecticut workers' compensation attorney is a good idea so that you have an experienced professional at your side who can discuss your options with you, recommend a course of action, and address any questions or concerns you may have about filing a Connecticut workers' compensation claim.