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How does employee classification affect workers' comp?

When a Connecticut resident becomes injured during the course of his or her employment, they likely face medical bills that are difficult to cover. They may also have to take time off from work to recuperate from their injuries, which means they end up losing wages at the time they likely need it the most. Though workers' compensation insurance covers most injuries and illnesses caused by work-accidents, these benefits are only available to those who are employees, not independent contractors.

This is increasingly turning into a challenge when it comes to motor carriers, as the industry is shifting to having more independent contractors and owner operators as drivers, rather than employee drivers. Many guess that the high cost of workers' compensation initially drove the push for carriers to switch up the classification of drivers they were hiring. Owner operators are allowed to carry workers' compensation or occupational accident coverage. Whereas occupational coverage offers better benefits than health insurance, it is not as wide-ranging as workers' compensation.

Understanding loss of companionship damages

Auto accidents, slip and fall incidents, surgical and medical mistakes and workplace accidents can cause injuries and deaths that can forever alter the lives of victims and their family members. When, for example, a spouse is injured in a car accident, that spouse may no longer be able to return to work and provide financial support for the family. As has been mentioned in previous posts here, those costs can be recovered through a civil lawsuit. However, spouses provide more than monetary support-what about the love, support and encouragement that will now be missing because of their injuries? This "loss of companionship" may also be included as part of a claim.

When a car accident affects a victim's ability to show affection, companionship, parenting or care, it is known as loss of companionship or loss of consortium. Unlike other forms of damages, a close family member, such as a parent, spouse or a child, must claim loss of consortium damages. A car accident should have been the cause for the victim's injuries or untimely death.

OSHA investigates work accident that killed one person

While every job has its inherent risks, some jobs are more hazardous than others. For example, a construction site may pose more dangers, as heavy machinery is being operated and heavy items are being moved around. Connecticut residents working hard to make ends meet may not even be aware of the dangers associated with their work, but it is an employer's task to make sure they are both adequately warned about them and trained for them. When employers neglect to do so, it might result in an unsafe working environment that puts workers at more risk than they would have been in otherwise.

A recent work accident in Connecticut might raise these issues at a workplace, where one 22-year-old mechanic died from injuries suffered in a work accident. According to the police, the mechanic was working on a car when it fell off the lift and landed on him. The incident took place at a dealership and auto garage. Transported to the hospital, he was unable to recover from the injuries he suffered. Investigators suspect that the accident was the result of improper or insecure placement of the arms of the lift.

Drunk drivers may be liable to compensate injured victims

When Connecticut residents are injured by a drunk driver, it is important for them to have the knowledge of how the legal process can help them with the injuries, damages and harm they have suffered. A drunk driver may be subject to criminal penalties associated with a drunk driving accident, but may also be accountable to victims for the injuries and harm they suffer through the civil process.

Victims of an unexpected drunk driving accident may suffer serious injuries including: head and brain injuries; neck and shoulder injuries; spine and back injuries; leg and arm injuries; broken bones; cuts and abrasions; limb loss; paralysis; and other catastrophic injuries. These injuries can cause immediate harm and long-term damages to victims of drunk drivers. Victims may suffer physical, financial and emotional damages that a personal injury claim against the drunk driver may help them with.

What does your employer have to do if you are injured on the job?

It is important for injured workers in Connecticut to have the information they need about how the workers' compensation process works in Connecticut and how it can help them. This includes knowing about reporting requirements and what their employer is required to do when there has been a workplace accident or injury.

Workers' compensation benefits can help injured workers or workers suffering from an occupational illness in Connecticut receive the benefits they need to help them with their medical expenses, lost earnings and some other expenses and concerns as well. In Connecticut, employers are required to notify the Workers' Compensation Commission of a workplace injury or illness. Even if an insurance company or third-party administrator handles the first report for the employer, the reporting requirement is their obligation to satisfy.

What can pedestrian accident victims do after being struck?

When pedestrians have been unexpectedly struck and harmed they may be left facing physical, financial and emotional damages and wonder what they can do. Legal protections for pedestrian accident victims are important for victims and their families to thoroughly understand so they can call on them if they need to after they have been harmed in a pedestrian accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that close to 5,000 pedestrians are killed annually and another estimated 76,000 pedestrian accident victims were injured in pedestrian accidents during 2012 when struck by a car or truck. Negligent drivers who cause pedestrian accidents may be held liable for the injuries and harm suffered by pedestrian victims and their families, and may be required to compensate them for their physical, financial and emotional injuries.

How wrongful death legal protections help surviving loved ones

Wrongful death legal resources are a helpful protection for loved ones who have suffered the traumatic loss of their loved one in a fatal accident. The negligent party responsible for causing the fatal accident may be liable to the victims for the damages they have suffered which is a legal resource surviving family members should be familiar with.

A wrongful death legal claim for damages can help surviving family members recover help with their physical and financial damages. Damages family members may receive compensation for include funeral and medical expenses and damages for loss of support and services; loss of consortium; and loss prospect of inheritance. The damages that may be recoverable depend on the circumstances and characteristics of the victim but it is helpful for surviving family members to be aware they may be able to recover compensation for their financial and emotional damages.

What are the true costs associated with a brain injury?

The physical, financial and emotional costs of brain injuries suffered in car accidents are unquestionably high, but just how high are they? The total annual cost of brain injuries in the United States is estimated at $48.3 billion. The total cost of hospitalizations related to brain injuries is estimated at $31.7 billion in the U.S. annually.

In addition, the estimated costs of acute care and rehabilitative care for brain injury victims in the U.S. is $9 to $10 billion each year. Brain injuries cost victims, families, communities and society as a whole in lost productivity, lost wages and in social services costs. The costs can range depending on if the brain injury is mild, moderate or severe. A mild head injury can cost $85,000; a moderate head injury can cost $941,000; and a severe brain injury can cost $3 million.

What are some steps to take when pursuing workers' compensation?

Workplace injuries can happen to just about anyone in Connecticut. While a construction worker may fall from a height or a factory worker may be injured by a piece of machinery, even office workers could be injured lifting something or could suffer repetitive stress injuries. When a person is injured on-the-job, it is important to take certain steps to pursue workers' compensation benefits, if appropriate.

First, workers should immediately let their employer know they have been injured. This way the employer can provide the worker with medical treatment and file the appropriate forms with the Workers' Compensation Commission and its own workers' compensation insurance carrier. Second, workers should seek medical care. If an employer has a designated medical provider, the worker may need to visit that physician for initial treatment of injuries.

Alcohol use continues to be a factor in Connecticut car crashes

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 88,000 people die annually due to alcohol use. This number is greater than fatal overdoses of all drugs combined. According to some, this issue is being obscured due to the nation's current focus on opioid use. Despite this, Connecticut's rate of alcohol use has remained relatively steady since the early 2000s.

However, this doesn't mean that alcohol use is not an issue in the state. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Connecticut has a higher percentage of drunk driving fatalities than any other state in the nation. Of the 278 traffic fatalities in the state in 2017, drunk driving was a factor in 43% of these deaths. The national average that year was 29%.

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