For workplace accident victims in Connecticut and other states, workers' compensation is essential to their financial and medical security. The Workers Compensation Research Institute, a non-profit and independent research organization, issued a study comparing Connecticut's compensation system with 14 other states.
Connecticut workers' compensation may not always extend to an occupational disease or workplace accident. Connecticut legislators addressed one gap in coverage when they recently approved legislation extending workers' compensation benefits to firefighters who were diagnosed with certain forms of cancer.
Connecticut's workers' compensation laws grant medical expenses and lost wages where the workplace is a proven and substantial factor cause of an injury even if a worker had a pre-existing condition before an accident. Benefits are not based solely on physical injuries.
Exposure to many workplace atmospheric hazards can lead to a serious occupational disease requiring workers' compensation in Connecticut. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued final rule making to improve protections against one of these hazards, respirable silica dust.
Traumatic workplace injuries can lead to mental problems. This may be especially true for first responders in Connecticut, who can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after their involvement in gruesome events, such as a mass shooting or a fatal accident.
Connecticut's workers' compensation system provides financial and medical assistance to workers who suffer a work-related injury or illness. Families of a worker who died from a work injury or illness are also entitled to survivor benefits. However, these rights are not automatic because time restrictions govern these laws and recipients have to act promptly.
Workplace injuries may include the dramatic and the mundane. Compensation can be awarded for dangerous workplace conditions that lead to newspaper headlines or government prosecution. A compensable injury may also involve a common occurrence such as a slip or fall, an accident involving a piece of equipment or even a dog bite.
A workplace injury accident is often unexpected or caused by an unfortunate and unstoppable combination of events. However, there are also preventable injuries caused by unsafe working conditions in Connecticut.
Workers' compensation in Connecticut pays for injuries when employees can prove that their injuries arose out of and during the course of their employment. Injured workers, in other words, must adequately show that a workplace injury accident was a substantial cause in the harm that they suffered.
Workers in Connecticut face physical harm from a workplace injury accident that causes noticeable and immediate harm in the form of a back injury, sprain or concussion. However, workers also subject to hidden but ongoing and dangerous exposure to chemicals and contaminants that can lead to long-term medical consequences.