Employees who are injured on the job in Connecticut may pursue benefits through the state's workers' compensation system. The Workers' Compensation Act states that all employees are covered, regardless of full- or part-time status, from the first day of employment. There are several different types of benefits that may apply. In most cases, the primary concern is the provision of medical treatment benefits. If medical treatment benefits are applicable, the employer is responsible for choosing the medical facility, and the employee designates the attending physician. Permanent partial disability benefits may apply in a situation where an employee has suffered partial, permanent loss of the use of one or more body parts as a result of an on-the-job injury. If an employee is able to work after an injury but not able to perform the same type of duties or work for the same number of hours, then he or she may be eligible for temporary partial disability benefits of up to 75 percent of the difference between current earnings and previous earnings. Those who are totally disabled may be eligible for temporary total disability at the rate of 75 percent of previous weekly earnings. Both of these benefits are calculated on an after-tax basis and are subject to other limitations. The Connecticut workers' compensation system may also provide job retraining benefits for employees who are unable to return to their previous jobs. If a previous work injury or illness recurs later, the employee may be eligible for relapse or recurrence benefits during the period of relapse. In some situations, discretionary benefits may be available after all of an employee's PPD benefit has been paid. Discretionary benefits are awarded on a case-by-case basis following an informal hearing. A workers' compensation attorney may be able to provide advice regarding the types of benefits that may apply in a particular work injury case or assist with the filing and pursuit of claims. Source: State of Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission , "Information Packet", October 11, 2014 Please call our Hartford Worker's Comp Injury Law firm at 860-523-8783 for a free discussion of your case.
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