In Connecticut, many workers incur injuries and sickness in the workplace and choose to file for worker’s compensation. An understanding of workers compensation and the purpose it serves can help while filing the claim.
Purpose of Workers Compensation
- Workers compensation provides employees who are injured on the job with funds to compensate them for lost wages, medical care, and if necessary, vocational rehabilitation.
- In return for payment of benefits provided under the workers compensation law, the employers are exempt against lawsuits for negligence. There are exceptions to this, such as if the employer is in violation of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations, or when an employer fails to remedy a known hazard.
- Under workers compensation laws, an employer must provide insurance coverage or maintain a self-insurance fund, and post information specified by the state in a prominent place. All employees have access to it and the employees should follow the terms specified.
- Workers compensation laws also provide employers and co-workers with a specific level of protection, by limiting the amount an employee can receive from an employer.
- Workers compensation only covers injuries sustained at the worksite.
- Workers compensation law also serves the purpose of protecting the employer if an employee’s accident was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Workers compensation law gives the employee the right to choose his/her desired doctor by filing a protest and requesting for a different provider or a second opinion.
- Workers compensation laws also let employers pay only for the specified liability. Employers are not obligated to make payments beyond those limits.
Worker Compensation Attorneys Serving in Danbury, Bridgeport, Stamford and Greenwich in Connecticut
If you have incurred any sickness or injury in your workplace and need legal help, then contact The Reinken Law Firm. We have over 30 years of experience in this field. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay unless we recover for you. Call us today for a free consultation at 203-541-0090 / 800-987-8780.