Lawyer For On the job Injuries
The unfortunate outcome of work injuries is often expensive medical bills and lost income. When employers have workers' compensation insurance, injured employees may file a workers' compensation claim to offset these costs. But what if your employer does not carry workers' compensation insurance or someone other than your employer is responsible for your work injuries? Despite a clear law requiring employers to maintain workers compensation insurance coverage for their employees in Connecticut, many still do not. In those instances, you may still have legal options available to you to seek fair compensation after you are injured on the job.
Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a claim against your employer or a responsible third party to seek compensation for your injuries. The experienced work injury attorneys at James F.. Aspell, PC understand the pain and frustration that Hartford area work injury victims feel over being unable to work or provide for their families. We are dedicated to obtaining maximum case value for our clients to compensate for their work injuries and resulting financial losses. If you or a loved one is among those workers who have been hurt on the job and your employer does not carry workers' compensation insurance, the work injury lawyers at James f. Aspell, P.C. want to help you. Call us 24/7/365 at 860-523-8783 to learn more.
How to File A Workers Compensation Claim in Connecticut
Getting hurt on the job can be a stressful period in your life. You have medical bills and missed time at work, and sometimes you're even dealing with pressure from your job and its insurance so it can avoid compensating you for your troubles. While there are many similarities, each state has its own laws that govern workers’ compensation.
Connecticut workers' compensation laws have their own specifics, and the James F. Aspell, P.C. injury attorneys in Hartford are well-versed in the ins and outs of the law. Whether you have been recently injured on the job, are dealing with a complicated case, or have been denied your claim for various reasons, we can help you navigate these tricky waters.
To find out how we can help with your claim, please contact us today.
Why Hire an Attorney for Your Connecticut Workers' Compensation Claim?
Even though workers' compensation is meant to benefit everyone — from you to your employer to its insurance carrier — oftentimes the carrier will look to deny your claim. When it's reluctant to offer an injured employee the compensation they deserve, we can be there to help ensure a legitimate workers' compensation claim.
Insurance companies may be wary of workers' comp fraud, which occurs when employees make fake or exaggerated claims to yield a significant payout, or may refuse to pay because it isn't in their financial interest. Likewise, employers might deny a claim because they don't want their premiums to rise, or try to cover up the injury and deny it ever occurred.
You will have a better chance of receiving the benefits you're entitled to with an attorney at your side than going it on your own. A Hartford, CT workers' compensation lawyer can help you gather evidence to bolster your case, such as medical records, safety reports, and even eyewitness testimonies if possible. You have only one year to file a Form 30C claim for compensation in Connecticut. This is a complicated process and must be done correctly to protect you and your right s to collect workers com in Connecticut. We have completed hundreds of thousands of Form 30C's for our clients and if you allow s to represent you we will do so promptly and correctly for you as well. In Connecticut, workers comp will cover lost wages, medical treatment, and permanent partial disability .If someone other than your employer has some responsibility in your accident, your lawyer can figure out whether a third-party personal injury lawsuit is possible.
Filing a Claim With a Lawyer's Help
In Connecticut, all employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. Injured workers have 1 year from the date of a specific accident to file a claim with the Connecticut Workers Compensation Commission and the employer. This step needs to be completed before your actual workers' compensation claim can begin.
Following the notice of injury, a workers' compensation attorney can help you file a Form 30C form with the Connecticut workers Compensation Commission. At this point, there are several issues that need to be addressed before your case can move forward:
- Determining where on the work site the injury took place
- Confirming the victim's employment with the defending employer
- Proving the injury was due to the course of work
- Making sure the Connecticut Workers Compensation Commission has jurisdiction
- Accessing records of the victim's wages
Once you have reported your injury, you must see a doctor who is provided by your employer's insurance. An experienced Connecticut work injury lawyer can help you pick the right one, and if your claim is denied, they can help you find a doctor who can offer you a second opinion for your appeal.
Options if You Were Denied a Claim
There's no guarantee that your claim goes through. Perhaps the insurance company decides that there isn't enough evidence that the injury was caused by an accident in the office or that it was the result of a preexisting condition. Our Hartford area workers' compensation attorneys have seen employers use a wide range of tactics to try to undermine the workers' compensation claims of our clients. Some examples include:
- Claiming a victim's fall was caused by their own negligence
- Unjustly giving the employee a negative performance review
- Falsely claiming that an employee's injury has already healed
- Firing an injured employee who has been cleared for work by an employer-assigned doctor
Workers' Compensation for the Independent Contractor
In general, independent contractors in Connecticut are not offered workers' compensation. As such, there are times when employers will try to take advantage of this and misclassify employees as independent contractors in an attempt to avoid paying workers' comp.
Even if you're classified as an independent contractor, however, there are ways you can be eligible for these benefits. For example:
- If they are given a structured work schedule from a third party
- If their working conditions are not personally controlled
- If the means by which the victim completes their job is dictated by another individual, entity, or company
James F Aspell, P.C.'s Hartford attorneys can work with you to determine if your employer has misclassified you as an independent contractor. If that turns out to be the case, they may be able to help you file a claim.
Contact Us About Your Case
Time is of the essence when it comes to a workers' compensation claim. If you need help with any part of the process, do not hesitate to contact us for a free, no-obligation case review. If you feel you're entitled to benefits you aren't getting, please call us now.