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Nobody expects that they will sustain an injury when they head to their job each day, but the reality is that workplace injuries are not uncommon in New Haven and throughout Connecticut. Unfortunately, there are times when employers and insurance carriers push back against paying for an employee’s injury expenses. At Jacobs & Jacobs, we are here to help if you need a New Haven workers’ compensation attorney by your side. We have extensive experience handling complex work injury cases, and we know what it takes to recover complete compensation for your losses.
The role of a workers’ compensation lawyer in New Haven will be multifaceted and will be strictly for the benefit of the injured victim. In these cases, the priority of an attorney will be to ensure that their client is treated fairly by the workers’ comp insurance carrier and the employer. This will include:
Work injuries are not uncommon in and around New Haven, Connecticut. It does not matter what industry a person is employed in, there is always the risk that an injury will occur. Yes, there are some industries that place more risks on workers than others, including transportation industries, construction industries, manufacturing industries, and more. However, injuries are just as likely to occur in an office or retail setting.
Some of the most common types of injuries that the attorneys at Jacobs & Jacobs help clients with include the following:
In addition to these acute traumatic injuries, our attorneys also recognize that there are other types of injuries that occur over longer periods of time in the workplace. Perhaps most common of these are repetitive motion injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome. Repetitive motion injuries occur when a worker has to repeat the same motions over and over again for long periods of time.
We also understand that there are various types of occupational diseases that can occur after a worker has been exposed to hazardous conditions for long periods of time in the workplace. Some of these illnesses can include occupational cancers, cardiovascular issues, respiratory diseases, hearing and vision loss, and more.
It is crucial for work injury victims in New Haven, Connecticut, to understand that they have a limited amount of time to file a work injury claim. State regulations say that Form 30C should be filled out promptly after a work-related injury occurs. It is absolutely crucial that the employer and the workers’ compensation insurance carrier know that a work injury or illness has occurred, even if an injured worker does not think that they need immediate medical care.
The statute of limitations for filing a workers’ compensation claim in Connecticut is one year from the date of the injury OR three years from the date of the first manifestation of a symptom of an occupational disease. Please understand that the first report of an injury or illness or the employer’s accident report will not satisfy the filing of a workers’ compensation claim when it comes to the statute of limitations.
When we look at the Connecticut workers’ compensation laws, we can see that individuals are guaranteed statutory rights and recoveries. In particular, injured workers will be able to recover compensation for any authorized medical care and medical expenses resulting from their workplace injury or illness. This can include:
In addition to covering all medical expenses related to the work injury or illness, individuals will also be authorized to receive two-thirds of their average weekly wage if they are unable to work while they recover. For example, if an individual typically earns $1,000 a week, then they would receive around $667.00 per week until they return to work.
Finally, individuals may be entitled to a weekly or lump sum disability payment for permanent partial disability benefits.
If you or somebody you love has been injured on the job in or around New Haven but are struggling to recover the compensation needed, contact the team at Jacobs & Jacobs for help today. Our New Haven workers’ compensation attorneys have the resources necessary to fully investigate the incident and stand up to aggressive insurance carriers. We have no problem taking these cases all the way through the appeals process if we have to, so let us get to work today. You can contact us by calling our office at (203) 777-2300.