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Frequently Asked Questions About Workers' Compensation

Q: What is workers' compensation?

A: To take the uncertainty out of the circumstances following a work-related injury or industrial illness, the workers' compensation system provides a reliable procedure for resolving resulting problems. Broadly, if the injury occurs in the course of employment, regardless of whether the employer was negligent or otherwise at fault, the worker receives benefits that may include wage replacement, medical coverage or other assistance. The employee is not allowed to sue the employer for the injury and the employer must carry insurance or otherwise legally provide a means to cover workers' compensation expenses. Most employers are subject to the workers' compensation system, but some states exempt smaller employers, and most federal workers and certain national industries are covered instead by comparable federal programs.

Q: What types of injuries or diseases are covered?

A: Virtually all types of work-related physical injury and industrial illness are covered by workers' compensation. Very commonly covered conditions include repetitive-stress injuries (RSIs) like carpal-tunnel syndrome (CTS), back injuries, traumatic injuries, wounds or bodily reactions to substances. Many states also cover mental or emotional harm, but the standards for psychological coverage vary greatly from state to state. Pre-existing conditions are generally not covered unless aggravated at work.

Involved in a work related accident? Don’t know what to do? Learn more about laws involving Connecticut workers' compensation, your rights and what options you haveto obtain benefits by reading the information below or by contacting Polinsky Law Group LLC in Hartford at (860) 232-9959 or click here.

The average worker who files for workers' compensation benefits receives $5,848 According to the US Census Bureau. To find out more about your potential benefits and what to do next, read the below orcontact us to speak with a qualified attorney now.

An Overview of Workers' Compensation

Employees and their employers in the U.S depend on our workers' compensation system to settle disputes involving diseases and vocational injuries. You can qualify for workers' compensation if you sustain work-related illnesses, injuries, and death. This compensation is meant to help meet the needs of workers and their loved ones during devastating situations. Therefore, if you or a relative becomes sick or is injured during employment, Polinsky Law Group, LLC workers' compensation attorneys in Hartford, CT, can evaluate your case.

Employer Retaliation from Employees Claiming Workers' Compensation

Filing for workers' compensation is often seen as a compromise between employers and employees. Workers don't sue their employers in court to seek large compensation amounts, in exchange for certain,timely, but lower compensation for injuries that are work related. In other words, while employers accept responsibility for their workers' illnesses or injuries even when they are not at fault, they avoid liability and the risk of paying large amounts if the court decides to favor the employee.

What Should You Do Next? We’re Here to Help

In case you have been injured in a work-related accident in Connecticut, Attorneys at Law Polinsky Law Group LLC can help you file your workers' compensation claim. Our personal injury law firm has more than 20 years of experience helping injured workers in Connecticut recover from injuries they have sustained while at work, including everything from broken bones to brain injuries. Our workers comp personal injury attorneys will be happy to advise you regarding your workers' compensation claim. They will inform you on how to file for your claims or appeal for denied claims, among other valuable advice in helping you ultimately obtain the compensation benefits you deserve! Just call (860) 232-9959 or click here.

Workers' Compensation Benefits After the Death of a Loved One

If work-related illnesses or work-related injuries should lead to the death of the worker in question, it is the right of the remaining survivors to pursue workers' compensation death benefits. Therefore, if you are a dependent or a family member of an employee who succumbed to death due to sickness or injuries that were job-related in the state of Connecticut, you may wish to seek legal advice from a workers' compensation attorney here at Polinsky Law Group, LLC.

Apart from Workers' Compensation Claims, Can I File a Lawsuit Against My Employer?

The only legal solution for a worker who falls sick or is injured during employment is workers' compensation. The general rule behind workers' compensation is that workers and their employers will cooperate, and the worker will give up his or her right to sue the employer in court and accept workers' compensation benefits. This procedure reduces tension in workplaces and creates a method that can resolve any potential dispute between employers and their employees. Though workers' compensation benefits are smaller than what employees would get after filing a lawsuit, the employees don't incur high expenses from court proceedings, and they are guaranteed that they will receive the agreed amount on time.

Injured Workers Vocational Rehabilitation Rights

Injured workers may have to rebuild their skills through a process called vocational rehabilitation before they can resume to their previous job positions. In case an injury has placed a permanent or long-term limitation upon the worker, it may be necessary to retrain for a new type of job. Depending on the laws of your state, in case you need vocational rehabilitation after industrial illnesses or work related injuries, it is the responsibility of your workers' compensation insurer, employer, the state, or a combination of all of them to contribute towards your vocational rehabilitation as an additional workers' compensation benefit.

Need help navigating the issues involving your Connecticut workers’ comp claim? The lawyers at Polinsky Law Group, LLC in Hartford or here to assist you toward helping you obtain the compensation benefits you deserve! Just call (860) 232-9959 or click here.

Workers' Compensation Resource Links

Job Safety
Information on workers' compensation and links to information on occupational health and workers' rights, provided by the AFL-CIO.

Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities (IIF) program
Statistics and articles on injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the workplace from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
A free consulting service for workers with disabilities and their employers from the U.S. Department of Labor that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the employability of people with disabilities.

Workers' Compensation: An Overview
Overview of workers' compensation law from Cornell Law School.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Provides comprehensive information on workplace injuries from a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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