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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.

Law enforcement officers being injured on the job in car accident

When the topic of workers' compensation and a person who was injured on the job in Connecticut is discussed, there is a perception that it happens in physical labor, construction, with people around heavy machinery and in these types of circumstances. The reality is that a work accident can happen in any kind of job and people who are injured have the right to seek workers' compensation benefits regardless of the type of work they do. That includes first responders.

Can workers' compensation restart if a relapse or injuries recur?

For Connecticut workers who suffer a workplace accident injury or have an occupational disease, workers' compensation benefits are in place to provide for them while they cannot work. Some cannot get back on the job, but some can. Many are eventually able and willing to try to get back to work. However, recurrence or relapse is a potential problem and a lingering concern. Fortunately, the law accounts for this possibility.

How does workers' compensation cover medical expenses?

Connecticut workers who are injured on the job or who suffered an illness or condition because of their work, can seek workers' compensation benefits. A common concern that these workers have surrounds their medical expenses and how they are paid. As such, understanding how workers' compensation benefits are paid with these issues is key.

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