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Understanding Workplace Injury Laws in Connecticut: Can You Sue Your Employer?

Posted by James Aspell | Sep 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

 The Basics of Connecticut's Workers' Compensation Laws Sub-chapter 1.1: The Foundation of Worker Protection Connecticut, like most states, has established Workers' Compensation Laws to protect the rights of employees injured at work. Typically, these laws guarantee certain benefits without the need to establish fault.

 Benefits Through Workers' Compensation Workers injured on the job in Connecticut may receive compensation covering medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs.

Group of construction workers on a job

 Can You Sue? When and How?  The Exclusive Remedy Doctrine In general, workers' compensation acts as an exclusive remedy for workplace injuries. This means that, in most cases, an employee cannot sue their employer for injuries sustained on the job.

 Exceptions to the Rule Ah, the legal twists and turns! While Workers' Compensation is the default, there are situations where an employee might have grounds to sue. For instance:

  • Intentional acts or extreme negligence by the employer.
  • Injury caused by a third-party or defective product.
  • If the employer doesn't have the required Workers' Compensation insurance.

 The Merits of Pursuing Legal Action  Weighing the Pros and Cons Before diving into a lawsuit, consider:

  • Potential damages (Can you get more than Workers' Compensation?)
  • Time and emotional toll of court proceedings.

 The Golden Question: Is It Worth It? Though the idea of suing may sound tempting, it's essential to evaluate if the potential rewards outweigh the risks. Consulting a legal professional can help guide this decision.

Preparing for a Lawsuit  Documentation: Your Best Friend in Court Keep records of everything related to the injury - medical bills, employer conversations, and witness testimonies.

 Finding the Right Lawyer A lawsuit's success often hinges on the lawyer representing you. Do thorough research, get referrals, and pick a lawyer experienced in Connecticut workplace injury cases.

Chapter 5: Final Thoughts and Considerations  Lawsuits Aren't for Everyone While some situations warrant legal action, sometimes it's best to go the Workers' Compensation route for simplicity and guaranteed benefits.

 Stay Informed Laws change. It's important to keep abreast of the latest legal updates in Connecticut to ensure you're making informed decisions.

 In the labyrinth of legal jargon and rules, don't lose your way. If you or someone you know in Connecticut has suffered a workplace injury and is pondering the next steps, it's time to act. Reach out to a legal professional today. Because when it comes to your rights, there's no room for second guesses.  You can reach a workers compensation professional 24/7/365 at James F. Aspell, P.C..  Call us at 860-523-8783.

Connect with Connecticut's laws. Your well-being might just depend on it.

Note: While this blog article provides a general overview, it is not exhaustive or definitive legal advice. Always consult with a legal professional regarding specific situations.


About the Author

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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