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.
A work accident victim may have very limited options for seeking financial damages. Connecticut's workers' compensation system may be the only avenue to obtain damages and lost wages according to a settlement of a claim by a worker who suffered permanent disability in a workplace accident.
The Connecticut General Assembly is considering two bills this session that would expand workers' compensation benefits coverage for mental trauma stemming from witnessing violent events such as the Dec. 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The bills would return benefits that were lost when the law was overhauled in 1993 to lower costs.
When most people in Bridgeport think about workers' compensation, they usually think of someone getting hurt in the course of his or her work. Whether it is a construction worker falling off scaffolding or someone developing back problems from lifting a box of copy paper, workers' compensation provides an important protection to employees in Connecticut who are hurt on the job. Workers' compensation, however, also protects employees who are hurt in freak accidents while on an employer's property or during the course of the work day.
It is fairly safe to say that people in Connecticut are fairly dependent on gas and oil. These are two of our most common fuels and it is no wonder that the industry is booming. While there are more and more people working in the field, there has also been an increase in the number of fatal workplace accidents happening in the industry, too. Because there are considerable risks in the oil and gas industry, it also means there is the potential for very serious injuries.