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The last thing anybody thinks about when they go to work each day is that they will sustain a serious injury. Unfortunately, work injuries are not uncommon in and around New Haven, Connecticut. When an injury occurs in the workplace, an employee should receive immediate coverage from workers’ compensation insurance. At Jacobs & Jacobs, our law firm is here to provide legal advice if you or a loved one need a New Haven work injury attorney. We know that employers and insurance companies can put up a fight when it comes to securing the compensation you are entitled to.

Why Choose Jacobs & Jacobs for Your Work Injury Case?

  • At Jacobs & Jacobs, we get results when others fail. Our injury lawyers have twice set the record for the largest jury verdict in Connecticut.
  • Our law firm was founded on the philosophy that every client is important. That philosophy has translated into results, including compensation claims leading to significant multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts.
  • We take New Haven work injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that our clients will not have to pay any legal fees until after we obtain the compensation they need.

How Will a Lawyer Help You With a Work Injury Case in New Haven?

Work injury cases can become challenging when employers or insurance companies delay or deny a claim. A skilled New Haven job-related personal injury lawyer will work not only to prove how the injury occurred, but also why the employee should receive compensation through the state workers’ compensation system.

Workplace accidents have to be handled differently than traditional personal injury cases in Connecticut. An attorney needs to be intimately familiar with workers’ compensation benefits and laws in order to effectively represent their client and recover the compensation they are entitled to.

Understanding New Haven Work Injuries

During the most recent reporting year of data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we can see that there were more than 37,000 total workplace injuries or illnesses reported in Connecticut. When looking at the rate per 100 workers for this state (3.2 per 100 workers), we can see this is actually higher than the injury rate throughout the rest of the country.

Workplace injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways. Often, an employee will not even have to miss work after sustaining an injury. However, that is not always the case. It is not uncommon for an injured worker in Connecticut to sustain the following:

  • Severe sprains or strains
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Open head wounds
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
  • Amputations or crush injuries

Additionally, there are some injuries that occur over longer periods of time in the workplace. This could include repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Our personal injury attorneys also know that employees can sustain work injuries after long periods of exposure to hazardous chemicals/toxins or conditions in the workplace. This can include respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, occupational cancers, hearing and vision loss, and more.

What Are the Leading Causes of New Haven Work Injuries?

There are multiple factors that can lead to a workplace injury in Connecticut. Whatever the cause of your situation, it’s important to contact a personal injury attorney to discuss the specific details of your case and the potential for compensation. Our law firm has been able to assist injury victims that encountered:

  • Factory or industrial accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • On-site car accidents or motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Ladder or scaffolding accidents
  • Back injuries
  • Injuries from falls
  • Repetitive trauma injuries
  • Knee or shoulder injuries

Whatever the cause of your injury, you can count on our legal team to treat you with the dignity and compassion you deserve. Our experienced attorney advocates fiercely for you and your loved ones, so you receive the fair compensation you need to recover.

How Does Workers’ Comp Work? What Benefits Are Available?

If you sustain an injury connected to your job – even if the injury did not happen while you were at work but were performing work-related tasks elsewhere – you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits in Connecticut. Workers’ comp is a no-fault system that allows an injured worker to receive financial benefits for their medical bills, lost wages and other expenses without needing to prove that someone else caused the injury. This makes it easier for a worker to receive the money that they need during injury recovery.

The benefits that are available through Connecticut’s workers’ comp system can include:

  • Medical payments. Compensation for the full amount of a worker’s medical bills, including the future medical care, treatments, medications and therapies that the worker will foreseeably need.
  • Lost wages. Compensation to cover about two-thirds of the worker’s weekly wage (up to a maximum state limit) for the time that he or she cannot work because of the injury.
  • Disability benefits. Compensation to pay for a temporary or permanent partial or total disability. This can include the price of occupational therapy or training for a new job, as needed.
  • Death benefits. Compensation awarded to surviving family members to pay for lost wages, burial expenses, loss of consortium, and more after the death of a worker on the job.

It is important to discuss the value of your workers’ comp claim with an accident lawyer before accepting a settlement from your employer’s insurance provider. Insurance companies are notorious for devaluing these claims and offering individuals and families less than they deserve. In addition, although you will not need to prove fault to qualify for workers’ comp, this type of settlement may not adequately pay for your losses. An attorney can explore your right to file a New Haven personal injury lawsuit instead for greater financial compensation.

Is My Injury Covered By Workers’ Compensation in New Haven?

Some severe injuries are very obviously work-related, but others are more challenging to decipher. In general, most injuries that occur at your place of employment are covered by workers’ comp. This includes illnesses and accidents caused by exposure to dangerous materials, faulty equipment, and harmful work activities. Workers’ compensation benefits typically do not cover:

  • Self-inflicted injuries
  • Injuries received while committing a crime, while violating company policies, or while under the influence
  • Injuries caused by horseplay or fighting
  • Psychiatric disorders

If you’re uncertain whether your injury falls within the bounds of your workers’ compensation policy, contact our personal injury lawyers today. We help injured workers fight for the compensation they need to pay off medical bills and resume their lifestyle.

What if Someone Other Than My Employer Caused My Injuries?

According to the Connecticut General Assembly, an injured worker may sue a third-party or fellow employee if said party’s negligence directly caused their injuries. For example, a reckless driver or the maker of a defective product may be at fault for injuring a worker. Employers may pursue a suit against the third party on their own or join the employee’s compensation claim. In such a situation, the employer’s damaged are limited to the workers’ compensation benefits that they must pay the injured worker. The employer’s damages are calculated and removed from any amount recovered before the remaining balance is paid to the worker. If you’ve been injured by a third party, our personal injury lawyers are happy to help you navigate the legal process. We strive to expedite the proceedings and avoid any delays put into play by the responsible insurance company.

When You Do and Do Not Need an Injury Lawyer in New Haven

After an accident at work, you may not need to hire a New Haven personal injury lawyer if your injuries are minor, you do not need extensive medical treatment, your injuries do not force you to take time off of work or your injuries are not work-related. In these situations, you can most likely represent yourself and still achieve a fair settlement from an insurance company. In the following situations, however, it is important to speak to an attorney before accepting a settlement:

  • Your injuries are catastrophic or result in a permanent disability. In a case involving serious injuries, it is not wise to represent yourself. This can put you at risk of accepting less than you need for your future medical bills. An attorney can help you fight for the recovery that you deserve for life-changing injuries.
  • Your claim is not being handled correctly. If you run into problems with the processing of your claim, such as your employer delaying the claim or the insurance company rejecting benefits, contact an attorney for assistance. You may be a victim of retaliation or insurance bad faith.
  • You aren’t getting fair benefits from an insurance company. If the settlement offers given to you seem too low for the extent of your injuries or the price of your medical bills, speak to an attorney before accepting. Insurance companies often try to take advantage of unrepresented claimants.

If you run into any complications during a work injury case, such as a pre-existing condition, difficulty getting the medical care that you need, your case going to trial or a lawsuit against a third party, contact an attorney for a free consultation. The lawyers at Jacobs & Jacobs are honest about whether or not potential clients need legal representation. Our time is money; we will not accept a case that will not benefit from legal advocacy. Come to us for tailored advice about your specific situation.

Reach Out to a New Haven Work Injuries Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury at work in the New Haven area, reach out to the personal injury team at Jacobs & Jacobs if you are having trouble securing the compensation benefits you need. We know that employers and insurance companies can put up a fight when it comes to giving employees the money they need after they are injured on the job. Our compensation lawyers use their resources to fully investigate the incident and help you go through any workers’ comp appeals necessary. When you need a New Haven work injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at (203) 777-2300.

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