The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration reported figures from the National Safety Council that fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries in the United States resulted in $198 billion in losses in 2012. Taxpayer-supported programs, injured workers and their families bear the brunt of these costs, according to OSHA.
Connecticut workers have the right to compensation for injuries or occupational diseases suffered at work. To preserve these rights, however, a work accident victim must act quickly.
The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear an appeal that may set precedent on awarding and apportioning benefits to injured workers in the state. A former United Parcel Service (UPS) worker argued that he should receive full workers' compensation benefits for carpal tunnel syndrome even though it may have been a pre-existing condition unrelated to work.
A new study issued by the University of Connecticut claims that Connecticut workers suffer more occupational illnesses at a rate that is higher than the national average. This study demonstrates the importance of the award of workers' compensation to workers in the state who suffer long-term illness from their occupations.
A Connecticut worker who is injured on the job may be entitled to non-taxable lost wages and other compensation. Workers' compensation in the state is a no-fault system of insurance covering almost all workers, including minors, non-citizens and part-time employees, regardless of the size of their employer, their job, their employment duration or the number of hours worked each day.