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Firefighter injured on the job after lightning causes fire

Whether a worker in Fairfield and throughout Connecticut works in a job that has inherent dangers or is in a sedentary "safe" job, there is always a chance that there will be a workplace injury accident. This can come in many ways and afflict any area of the person's body. Similarly, the aftereffects can vary.

Can one be fired for seeking workers' compensation?

Many Connecticut workers injured on the job might have the right to get workers' compensation benefits, but are afraid to because there was an implied or direct threat to their job, if they did so. For workers who are facing this type of situation, it is important to know the law and how it deals with employers who are engaging in this activity. If it happens, the worker should consider filing a lawsuit.

What reimbursement does workers' compensation provide?

While injured workers in Connecticut who are eligible for workers' compensation benefits should be aware that their coverage will include medical expenses, lost time at work and other obvious costs, there are some coverable expenses that they should also know about. For people who need certain services, it is possible that they can get reimbursement for expenses they have accrued. Knowing when they can get these reimbursements through the rules set by the Workers' Compensation Commission is important.

Workers' compensation and exams from different doctors

Connecticut workers who are injured on the job might be eligible to receive workers' compensation. It is important, however, to remember that there are certain rules that the state has in place to ensure those who should be getting benefits are receiving them. Part of that is the medical examination to determine the extent of the injuries. To assess that, the worker might be asked to have an Employer/Respondent's Examination. This was previously referred to as IME. The worker need not be concerned about medical expenses with this request as they are paid for by the employer/respondent.

What is discretionary wage differential in workers' compensation?

For Connecticut workers who are injured on the job, there are many issues that are covered by workers' compensation benefits. That includes the worker being paid, getting medical treatment and more. However, some workers will maximize their benefits, be able to get back to work in a different job than the one they had before, but are unable to find employment or to find employment that does not pay the same amount as the previous job. In such a case, it is possible to get Discretionary Wage Differential benefits. This is also known as "308" benefits.

Printing press worker injured on the job when caught in machine

Connecticut workers who are around machinery will be in constant danger of being injured on the job. Cuts, bruises, broken bones, a crush injury, head injuries and more can come about with these incidents. Many might associate these occurrences with factories or construction work. However, it can also happen in a variety of other ways. Regardless of how a worker is hurt, it is critical to understand the importance of workers' compensation and its value to an injured worker and his or her family.

What if there is retaliation for a workers' compensation filing?

When a Connecticut worker is injured on the job, workers' compensation benefits can provide for medical care, lost time on the job and more. If the worker is covered by workers' compensation, there should not be an issue with the employer retaliating against the worker for exercising his or her rights to receive benefits. Unfortunately, it sometimes happens. People who are confronted with discharge or discrimination because they have filed for workers' compensation should know their rights and take steps to protect themselves with help from an attorney.

How does workers' compensation address disfigurement and scars?

For Connecticut workers who are injured on the job, some of the injuries they suffer will go beyond broken bones, torn ligaments, back injuries and similar issues. Some will be disfigured or scarred and have the aftereffects of the accident or condition marked on their body for all to see. While people who have been injured or have a condition from their work will be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, many might not be aware that there could be extra compensation awarded if there are scars or disfigurement. Knowing how this is awarded and certain facts regarding the dates at which the injuries occurred is imperative to applying for and getting additional benefits.

What is an Informal Hearing for workers' compensation?

Connecticut workers who are injured on the job or suffer an issue that prevents them from working can seek workers' compensation benefits. Often, these cases are undisputed and there is no hindrance to the worker receiving workers' compensation. However, there are some cases in which there is a disagreement that prevent a worker from getting the benefits immediately. This does not mean they will not get their benefits, but they will need to go through the hearing process before receiving them. The first step toward settling a disputed case is through an Informal Hearing.

Does being released for light duty affect workers' compensation?

When a Connecticut worker is injured on the job and is temporarily unable to work, the time might eventually come when he or she can work again. In some instances, the only kind of work the person can do is "light duty" or "restricted" duty. When this happens, there are certain suggestions that the Workers' Compensation Commission will make to the worker to ensure that the available workers' compensation benefits can still be received.

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