Experiencing a workplace injury in Connecticut can be a challenging ordeal, encompassing not only physical recovery but also navigating through the complexities of workers' compensation claims. Our Hartford-based legal team specializes in providing comprehensive support and answers to your pressing questions about workers' compensation in Connecticut.
Below, I go over some of the basic questions many people have relating to filing a claim: I would also suggest you take a look at my Youtube video Channel for a guide to a lot of Connecticut work injury claim issues.
How long do I have to file a claim?
You generally have one year from the date of the injury to file CT workers' compensation claims. However, you should promptly report any work-related injuries or sicknesses to your supervisor or manager immediately. It is best not to wait to file your claim, and the sooner you file your claim the better. "Filing your claim" means filing your claim with the Connecticut workers compensation Commission. Your employer will never do this for you. You either need to do this yourself, or better yet, hire us and we will file your CT workers comp claim for free.
Can my claim be denied if I don't report the injury in time?
There is a time frame in which you must file in order to qualify for workers' compensation in Connecticut. For this reason, we recommend contacting our office to start the process of filing your workers' compensation claim immediately upon sustaining your injury or noticing symptoms of work-related illness.
Can my employer fire me for filing a workers' compensation claim?
No. Your employer cannot legally fire you, demote you, or penalize you in any way for filing a workers' compensation claim in Connecticut. Despite this prohibition, some employers have unlawfully retaliated against employees who filed for workers' compensation, which is illegal. If you believe that your employer has taken retaliatory action against you as a result of your workers' compensation claim, contact our office immediately.
What forms should I sign? What forms should I not sign?
We recommend that you do not sign any forms given to you by your employer or your employer's workers' compensation insurance provider until you have first secured legal representation. Remember, your employer and the insurance carrier may attempt to deny your workers' compensation claim altogether, or approve you for fewer benefits than you deserve. Before signing any documents relating to CT workers' compensation claims, contact our offices and discuss your case with one of our attorneys.
What if my employer refuses to file an accident or incident report for my injury?
When you're injured on the job it is important that you report the injury to your employer as quickly as possible. If your employer refuses to file an accident or incident report you should seek legal assistance immediately. It is important to remember that, in cases of workplace injury, sometimes employers can be extremely difficult to work with. However, they have a legal duty to pay workers' compensation to employees who were injured in the line of work. If you feel that your employer is attempting to block your claim, or make your filing more difficult, contact us immediately.
What should I do if my workers' compensation claim was rejected after a formal hearing?
From your employer's standpoint, rejecting your workers' compensation claim will save the company money. For this reason, many employers fight legitimate claims in an attempt to avoid the costs associated with paying out. If your workers' compensation claim has been rejected, you can appeal the decision. However, we recommend that you seek legal assistance in order to give yourself the best chance of having your workers' compensation claim approved upon appeal.
Is the workers' compensation insurance company allowed to follow you, take photos, and talk to your neighbors?
In the state of Connecticut sometimes workers' compensation insurance companies will use investigators to follow claimants and look into their backgrounds in order to attempt to determine if their workers' compensation claims are exaggerated or false. Such investigations may include reviewing your social media accounts, talking to neighbors, and even recording video and taking pictures of you in public. This is yet another reason why you need am experienced Farmington, CT workers compensation lawyer guiding you every step of the way to the successful resolution of your claim.
Conclusion: Empower Your Workers' Compensation Journey in Connecticut
Navigating the complexities of a workers' compensation claim in Connecticut doesn't have to be a daunting experience. With the right guidance and support, you can confidently assert your rights and secure the benefits you deserve. At our Hartford law firm, we are dedicated to empowering workers like you through every step of this challenging journey.
Take the First Step Towards Your Peace of Mind Today:
Schedule a Free Consultation: Our experienced workers' compensation attorneys are here to provide you with personalized advice tailored to your unique situation. We understand the intricacies of Connecticut's workers' compensation laws and are committed to advocating for your best interests.
Let Us Handle the Legalities: From filing your claim to navigating through appeals, we've got you covered. We'll manage the complex legal processes, allowing you to focus on your recovery and well-being.
Protection Against Unfair Practices: Whether you're facing employer retaliation or insurance company tactics, we are here to defend your rights and ensure you receive fair treatment.
Your Journey to Justice Begins Here: Don't let the uncertainty of a workers' compensation claim overwhelm you. Reach out to us today and take the first step towards securing your rightful compensation and peace of mind. Contact us via phone, email, or through our website to set up your free consultation. Remember, your path to recovery and justice is just a call or click away!