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What if I am told my workers' compensation will be discontinued?

Workers' compensation benefits are integral to helping Connecticut workers make ends meet and receive the care and treatment they need after they have been injured on the job. Being approved for workers' compensation is often a relief since workers will believe they will have the time and financial support they need recover. However, for many, it can be a worrisome time when there is a notification that the workers' compensation benefits will be discontinued. Understanding what to do in this situation is imperative if there has yet to be a sufficient recovery to get back to work and the loss of benefits would be a financial and personal hardship.

When there is an intention on the part of the workers' compensation insurer or the employer to stop benefits, the worker must be notified. This must be done via certified mail. Generally, there will be Form 36 with the notification. The worker will have time to contest this decision. There will be 10 days to do so. The District Office of the town where the injury happened must be contacted. There will then be a request for an "emergency" informal hearing.

Construction site accident injures worker, hospitalizing him

Certain jobs in Connecticut carry inherent dangers to those who do them. People who place themselves in harm's way, such as emergency first responders, are obviously in this category. So are those who work in construction. It does not necessary need to be a building trade. People who are working on infrastructure such are road building and repair can also be in jeopardy for injuries in an accident with the accompanying medical expenses, lost wages and other problems.

A construction crew in Connecticut was working on a road as they widened it to add new lanes when one of the workers was injured. The accident occurred in the morning shortly before 7 a.m. A worker, estimated as being in his 40s, injured his left leg when it was rolled over by a machine. When emergency crews arrived, the man was awake and alert. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. The worker was working for the contractor that was hired to complete the project.

Distracted driver survey provides surprising demographic results

Connecticut drivers, law enforcement and legislators are keenly aware of the dangers of encountering a distracted driver. When there is a car accident, it is nearly automatic that the first thought will be that it was due to a distracted driver. Research is examining the issue to delve deeper into it to understand who does it most often. One study examined age-related demographics and came to some interesting conclusions as to who is distracted behind the wheel.

The study says that Millennials and members of Generation X were more prone to use their phones behind the wheel than younger drivers in the category of Generation Z. More than 80 percent of drivers who took part in the survey said they used a cellphone behind the wheel. That is higher than the 71 percent of Generation Z who admitted doing so. 71 percent of drivers overall said they used their device from time to time when behind the wheel. Almost two-thirds said they were seeking ways to reduce the number of distractions they dealt with.

Five people hurt by alleged drugged driver face medical expenses

Encountering a drunk driver is something that happens all too frequently to motorists and pedestrians in Connecticut. Being hit by a drunk driver was once believed to have been almost exclusively due to the use of alcohol on that driver's part. However, in recent years drugged driving is adding a new layer of risk of being in a crash. Regardless of how the person became impaired, it is universal that they should not get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, many drivers do operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and this causes many accidents with injuries and fatalities.

A series of car accidents led to five people being hurt and the arrest of a driver who is alleged to have been driving under the influence of drugs. The incident occurred in the mid-afternoon. The driver was in a white Jeep Wrangler and was said to be hitting vehicles and driving off. After the crashes, five people were hospitalized. The injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. The Wrangler finally stopped when it was too damaged to continue. The driver, a 47-year-old male, was given Narcan which is generally used for drug users. He was taken to the hospital and later released to law enforcement.

Workers' compensation high among juvenile detention employees

Workers' compensation benefits are available in Connecticut for those who are injured on the job. This applies to any kind of a job a person might have and is not limited to so-called "dangerous" jobs like those held by first responders, law enforcement, construction workers and anyone else in a physical and risky occupation. While many injuries occur in jobs that do not seem to be particularly risky, it is true that those who are in the more physically and emotionally arduous types of employment will be injured more frequently than someone who works in an office. For people who work in riskier jobs, it is imperative to remember the availability of workers' compensation benefits and how to get them.

One specific job that is drawing attention for the number of workers who are injured and getting workers' compensation benefits is juvenile detention officers. According to the latest statistics, 40 percent of those working at the juvenile detention center in Bridgeport have suffered injuries and were getting workers' compensation benefits. This is believed to be because of a lack of staffing and workers needing to do double shifts several times per week. Also, the offenders who are sparking confrontations are older and have a higher level of aggressiveness.

Motorcyclist killed in fatal car crash where driver fled scene

Motorcycles are a common sight on the road in Connecticut. For the most part, drivers of conventional vehicles share the road with motorcyclists and everyone remains safe. However, motorcycle accidents do happen, and they can lead to serious injuries and fatalities.

Since a motorcyclist is so at risk, it is important that when there is an accident, the driver remains at the scene to try and help. At the very least, emergency services should be called. When the driver flees, it makes matters worse. In a worst-case scenario, there can be a wrongful death. The family of a loved one who died in a fatal motorcycle accident may have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Electrical worker injured on the job suffers burns

Connecticut workers in any job will face some semblance of risk. That includes those who are working in offices and other jobs where it does not appear that there will be substantial danger of being a work accident victim. Those who are in physical jobs or who work with dangerous materials place themselves in jeopardy as part of their duties. They are involved in multiple endeavors that utilize heavy equipment, machinery and electricity. Therefore, there is the very real possibility they could be injured on the job. After a work injury, it is crucial to understand the necessary steps to receive workers' compensation.

A worker who was performing repairs and making upgrades to a building's electrical system was injured on the job. He reportedly received serious electrical burns in the accident. First responders were called and subsequently took the man to the hospital. He was reported to be in stable condition in the hospital's burn center. The accident is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other agencies.

What should I know about workers' compensation medical exams?

Being injured on the job in Connecticut will bring many concerns and issues to the forefront. While workers' compensation benefits are available to cover for lost wages, medical expenses and more, there are certain requirements to get the benefits from the start. Some of the basics are the medical examination and the medical reports. Following the legal requirements is critical to getting the workers' compensation benefits.

When the request is made by the employer or the commissioner, the employee must submit to the examination when making a workers' compensation claim or already getting benefits. It must be a reputable and practicing medical professional. With the examination, determinations will be made as to the injury and the incapacity the worker suffers from. The employer will select the medical professional -- a physician or surgeon -- that has been provided by the Workers' Compensation Commission chairman. The employer will pay for it.

Farm worker injured on the job by cow, breaks jaw

Connecticut workers can be injured on the job in many circumstances. This is not limited to construction work, first responders or even those who are naturally in harm's way due to the requirements of the job. Anyone can suffer a workplace injury that makes it necessary to receive medical treatment and think about how they are going to make ends meet while they recover. This is the reason for workers' compensation. After being injured on the job, it is important to understand the right to receive workers' compensation benefits and take the necessary steps to get it.

Working with animals can be dangerous due to their unpredictability, and this led to a farm worker suffering a broken jaw. The worker, 23, was head-butted by a cow as it unexpectedly swung its head. Medical crews were called to the scene at around 4:30 a.m. He was flown via helicopter to receive treatment. The injuries are not life-threatening.

Distracted driver behaviors extend to those with children in car

Distracted driving is a problem in Connecticut and across the entire nation. Studies are an important factor in determining why drivers insist on doing it and under what circumstances it happens. This information can be useful when trying to put a stop to it. One study says that an unexpected group that engages in distracted driving is parents and caregivers with young children in the vehicle with them.

In the study by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with 760 participants, it was found that around 33 percent read text messages while they were operating a motor vehicle and had a child ranging in age from 4 to 10 riding with them in the previous three months. One in seven had used their cellphones for social media purposes. This survey was limited to people who were 18 and older, and were the parent or consistent provider of care for a child 4 to 10-years-old. They must also have driven with the older child in their vehicle a minimum of six times in the previous three months.

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