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10 Emerging Trends in Connecticut Workers Compensation Law

Posted by James Aspell | May 23, 2023 | 0 Comments

  1. Mental Health Coverage: An emerging trend in workers compensation law is the recognition and inclusion of mental health-related injuries or conditions within the scope of compensable injuries. Connecticut may see an increased focus on mental health issues and expanding coverage for workers.

  2. Telecommuting and Remote Work: With the rise of remote work arrangements, there may be a need to address workers compensation issues related to telecommuting. Connecticut may see developments in determining compensability for injuries that occur during remote work.

  3. Gig Economy and Independent Contractors: As the gig economy continues to grow, there might be efforts to clarify the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors. This distinction can impact workers' compensation eligibility and benefits.

  4. Medical Marijuana and Opioid Use: Connecticut may experience developments related to the use of medical marijuana and its impact on workers compensation. Additionally, the ongoing opioid crisis may prompt reforms and regulations concerning the use of opioids in workers compensation cases.

  5. Presumption of Compensability for Certain Occupations: Some states have implemented presumptions of compensability for specific occupations, such as first responders or healthcare workers, for certain injuries or illnesses. Connecticut might consider similar presumptions to ease the burden of proof for these workers.

  6. Workplace Safety and Prevention Programs: Employers are increasingly focusing on workplace safety and injury prevention. Connecticut might see initiatives encouraging employers to implement proactive safety measures and prevention programs, potentially leading to favorable impacts on workers compensation claims.

  7. Technology and Data Analytics: The use of technology and data analytics in workers compensation claims management may become more prevalent. This trend could involve leveraging data to identify risk factors, streamline processes, and improve claim outcomes.

  8. Telemedicine and Remote Medical Evaluations: The adoption of telemedicine and remote medical evaluations might impact workers compensation in Connecticut. It could allow injured workers to receive medical assessments and treatment remotely, potentially increasing access to care and reducing costs.

  9. Return-to-Work Programs and Vocational Rehabilitation: Emphasizing return-to-work programs and vocational rehabilitation could become more prominent. These programs aim to facilitate injured workers' return to productive employment through modified duties, retraining, or job placement services.

  10. Increased Focus on Fraud Prevention: Workers compensation fraud remains a concern for insurers and employers. Connecticut might see an emphasis on fraud prevention measures, including increased investigations, monitoring, and penalties for fraudulent activities.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and it's important to stay updated on the latest developments and changes in Connecticut workers compensation law by consulting reputable legal resources or professionals in the field.

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James Aspell

Principal since August 1, 2006 James F. Aspell is the principal and managing attorney of the firm which he started in 2006 following 20 years of litigation practice in a mid -size firm in Hartford, Connecticut. Jim focuses his practice in the areas of worker's compensation and personal injury l...


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