Connecticut Workers Compensation Benefits
Connecticut workplace accidents and injuries are fairly common occurrences. Employees may fall off a ladder and break a bone, hurt their back when lifting a heavy box, or develop carpal tunnel after repetitively performing the same movement for years. Regardless of the situation, when you’re injured on the job, you should be able to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer and receive benefits that come as fast as possible.
Connecticut workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect both employees and employers. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that provides financial aid for people who get injured at work. However, workers’ compensation claims are often delayed, denied, or not paid in full. When this happens, you need an experienced, fast-working workers’ compensation attorney on your side.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed while on the job, contact Gould Injury Law today. Our workers’ compensation attorneys can act fast to help you recover the financial compensation you need and deserve. Call 888-WIN-FAST or fill out the online evaluation form to schedule your free initial consultation.
How a Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help You?
The Connecticut workers’ compensation program is designed to benefit employers by protecting them from getting sued in a lawsuit and to benefit employees by providing them with benefits after a workplace injury. Since the workers’ compensation program is in place to help them, many injured employees assume that they don’t need a workers’ compensation lawyer to represent them.
On the other hand, there are many benefits to having a fast-working personal injury lawyer on your side who is knowledgeable in Connecticut workers’ compensation law.
Keep in mind that the workers’ compensation program is either funded by your employer or by an insurance company. Neither party is going to want to pay out the full amount of compensation every time an employee is injured. The smaller the amount that you settle for, the more money they save their companies.
When you choose the personal injury attorneys at Gould Injury Law to represent you, our goal is to smooth out the process so you can obtain the maximum amount of benefits you deserve faster. Steps that we may take as your workers’ compensation lawyers include:
- Explaining your legal rights
- Obtaining medical records and evidence
- Taking depositions from you, your doctors, medical experts, witnesses to the accident, and other parties
- Filing all necessary paperwork and legal documents
- Negotiating with your employer or insurance company
- Appealing a denied claim
- Presenting your case before a judge if necessary
- Filing a third-party negligence claim
Why Hire a Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Attorney
There may be some situations where an injured employee may not require a Connecticut workers’ compensation lawyer to receive benefits. However, even minor conditions may not be covered fully, or your claim could be denied. It’s always best to have a legal advocate on your side to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
You may want to consider hiring a Connecticut workers’ compensation attorney if any of the following scenarios apply to your situation.
You have a pre-existing condition
If you have a pre-existing health condition or injury, there’s a good chance that it will be used as an excuse to delay or deny your workers’ comp claim. The insurance company or your employer may claim that your injury is from your pre-existing condition and therefore unrelated to your work.
A pre-existing condition does not disqualify you from receiving workers’ compensation. However, you may be required to present evidence proving that this injury is new and resulted from work. The lawyers at our law firm can act fast to gather the evidence you need to receive the benefits you’re entitled to.
Your benefits have been denied
Insurance companies deny claims for a variety of reasons, and workers fail to appeal these denials far too often. Many employees aren’t aware that you can appeal the denial through the Connecticut workers’ compensation system.
Our personal injury lawyers have helped many injured workers in Connecticut appeal workers’ compensation denials and reverse the decision. There is a limited period of time in which you are allowed to file an appeal, so contact an attorney as soon as possible if your claim has been denied.
You are being accused of fraud
Workers’ compensation fraud can occur if someone is claiming an injury happened at work when it didn’t, or if an employee is intentionally receiving disability amounts that exceed what they legally should be receiving.
If your employer or the insurance company are falsely accusing you of workers’ compensation fraud, it’s vital to consult with a personal injury lawyer.
Your injury is permanent or long-term
If your injury is long-term or permanent, you are going to need to maximize your workers’ comp benefits in a way that will last you well into the future. In this situation, your employer and the insurance company are likely going to fight your claim to protect themselves from a large payout.
When you have a severe or permanent injury, the last thing that you should have to worry about is finances. A workers’ compensation lawyer from Gould Injury Law can help you secure the long-term financial compensation you deserve.
Your employer retaliates against you
Some employers retaliate after an employee files a workers’ compensation claim. Retaliation can take various forms, including:
- Reducing hours
- Pressuring you to return to work before you’re healed
Workers in Connecticut have a legal right to collect workers’ compensation benefits when they are injured on the job. If your employer seems to be retaliating against you, don’t hesitate to contact a workers’ compensation attorney.
You are going to file for SSDI
If you receive social security disability benefits or you’re planning to apply for them, these benefits could be reduced if you receive workers’ comp. A lawyer can help you structure your settlement to minimize how much your SSDI benefits will be reduced.
You have a third-party claim
In some situations, someone other than your employer contributed to your injury or is responsible for your accident. If this is true in your case, you may be able to go outside of the workers’ comp system and file a lawsuit against them.
For example, if a negligent driver crashes into you while you’re driving for work, you may be able to sue that person for damages. Another example would be if a defective piece of equipment caused your injuries you could potentially file a suit against the manufacturer.
Some claims may thus result in larger settlement amounts since your lawyer can help you pursue both economic and non-economic damages from one or more parties.
Contact a Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today
If you have been seriously hurt at work, the fast and experienced personal injury lawyers at Gould Injury Law are here to help. We can offer you assurance and peace of mind while you focus on healing from your injury. Our lawyers can help you at any point during the workers’ compensation process, whether it’s filing, appealing, or negotiating a claim.
The members of our law firm believe that everyone is entitled to excellent legal representation that brings fast results – regardless of their current financial situation. We therefore represent all of our clients on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay nothing out of pocket.
If you want a team of diligent, fast, and compassionate workers’ compensation lawyers on your side, contact Gould Injury Law today. Call 888-WIN-FAST, start a live chat on our website, or fill out the online evaluation form to schedule your free initial consultation.
Find Legal Help Fast With a Lawyer at Gould Injury Law
Following your injury, the financial stress, emotional pain, and mental anguish is a lot to handle on your own. You want to recover quickly, and we want this for you too. We feel that you should not have to continue to suffer after your accident. When you need a Connecticut workers’ compensation attorney, you need Gould Injury Law. Our workers’ compensation lawyers will use our experience to help you obtain the legal benefits you have worked so hard for. The strength and determination of our law firm will be behind your personal injury case. We will get you fast and satisfying results. Call our workers’ compensation attorneys at 888-WIN-FAST or fill out the online form for a free consultation and helpful legal advice.