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Applying For Workers' Compensation In Connecticut

If you have been injured while on the job in Connecticut, you are entitled to seek repayment for your lost wages and medical expenses through the workers' compensation system. Applying for these benefits can be a complex process, however. It is important that you follow the application process very carefully to ensure that you receive the full benefits to which you are entitled.

At the Law Offices of James L. O'Rourke, our Bridgeport-area attorneys are dedicated to guiding injured employees through the workers' compensation application process. As your law firm, we will provide one-on-one assistance from start to finish, helping you avoid the pitfalls often encountered by workers filing alone. To schedule a free consultation at one of our three office locations, call 203-864-4427.

The Application Process

The workers' compensation application process can be complex and time-consuming. It is important that you work proactively, however, as any unexplained delays on your part could increase the chances that the insurance company will dispute your claim.

1. Report Your Injury

If you have suffered an injury at work, it is imperative that you report it to your employer immediately. If you delay in reporting your injury, your employer's insurance carrier may argue that you actually suffered your injury outside of the workplace, or that your injuries are not as severe as you say they are.

Prompt reporting is particularly important for those who suffer from a repetitive stress injury or a workplace illness. As these conditions develop gradually, many workers wait weeks or months before reporting them to their employer. This can weaken a worker's legal position when the time comes to apply for benefits.

2. Seek Medical Attention

Get help from an experienced medical professional. If your company has a staff doctor, you may be required to seek treatment from him or her. In all cases, keep a paper record of your medical appointments as well as any diagnoses or treatment recommendations made by your doctor.

3. File A Claim

You must file an official workers' compensation claim in order to receive benefits. Note that there is a statute of limitations for making a workers' compensation in Connecticut. If you were injured in an accident, you have one year to file your claim. If you suffer from an occupational disease, you must make your claim within three years of the date at which you became aware of the symptoms.

All too often, injured workers mistakenly assume that their employer's official accident report counts as a claim. In order to protect your right to compensation, however, you must file a claim yourself.

4. Speak To A Workers' Compensation Attorney

Workers' compensation claims can become complicated very quickly. In these situations, it pays to have an experienced workers' compensation attorney at your side.

Your attorney will guide you through every step of the procedure, helping you avoid mistakes and positioning you to claim the appropriate compensation. If the insurance company denies or delays your claim, your attorney will be ready with effective counterarguments designed to protect your right to pursue benefits.

Contact The Law Offices Of James L. O'Rourke

Insurance companies will often go to great lengths to reduce the amount of money they must pay to injured workers. At the Law Offices of James L. O'Rourke, our lawyers are dedicated to countering these tactics and securing the maximum possible compensation for our clients. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, contact us online or call 203-864-4427. We will collect no fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.