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Worker's Compensation Benefits
Workplace injuries are not only painful but are also costly to treat and can prevent a person from working. Fortunately, many people who are hurt at work are eligible to receive medical benefits and payments to compensate them for lost income. If you suffered an injury at your job or developed an illness due to work conditions, you should consult the diligent Plainville and Bristol workers’ compensation attorneys of Jainchill & Beckert, LLC. We have helped many clients who were injured at work receive the benefits they deserve, and we can assist you in seeking compensation for your workers’ compensation claim as well. We have over five decades of mutual experience representing employees in the pursuit of workers’ compensation benefits, and we will work tirelessly on your behalf.Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Under Connecticut’s Workers’ Compensation Act (the Act), employees who sustain a work-related injury or illness may recover workers’ compensation benefits from their employers. Notably, a person must be an employee and not an independent contractor to be eligible to receive benefits. Additionally, employees must demonstrate that their injuries or illness occurred because of and during the completion of job duties. There are some instances in which an employee will not be entitled to recover workers’ compensation benefits, though, such as when the harm suffered arose out of severe or willful misconduct, or due to the employee’s intoxication. An employee that establishes losses caused by a workplace incident may be awarded medical benefits and disability benefits. To understand the full range of benefits available in your individual situation, consult with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.Medical Benefits Awarded in a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Medical benefits generally consist of the treatment necessary to address the injury or illness the employee suffered, including prescriptions, adaptive devices, surgery, and physical therapy. Pursuant to the Act, the employer may designate the physician who provides the employee with initial treatment, but the employee has the right to select the attending physician he or she will receive treatment from after the preliminary visit. In cases in which the employer has an approved medical care plan, the employee must choose a doctor within the plan. The employee may also be reimbursed for travel expenses and time-off from work at his or her average hourly rate of compensation to obtain medical care.Temporary and Permanent Disability Benefits
Disability benefits partially compensate employees for wages lost due to an inability to work because of work-related harm. An employee must be unable to work for more than three days before disability benefits are paid, but if the incapacitation lasts for a week or longer, benefits are paid from the date the employee’s inability to work began. If the employee is completely unable to work, he or she may be awarded temporary total disability benefits that are equal to about 75% of his or her weekly wage, after taxes, for the year prior to the date of harm, subject to statutory limitations. An employee that is able to work in some capacity at a lower-paying position may be entitled to temporary partial disability benefits, that amount to about 75% of the difference between the employee’s current wages and prior wages after taxes.
If an employee’s doctor determines that the employee has reached maximum medical improvement and has suffered a partial, permanent loss, the employee will be given a rating of his or her disability percentage. This will indicate that the employee can no longer receive temporary disability benefits but may receive permanent partial disability benefits. The rate of permanent benefits is calculated based on the employer’s prior wages and the nature of the employee’s injury.Other Benefits
Employees that are unable to return to the type of work they were previously engaged in may be eligible to receive vocational training so that they can seek employment in a new field. Additionally, surviving spouses or eligible dependents of an employee whose death was caused by a workplace injury or illness may be granted burial expenses and wage replacement benefits that are equal to about 75% of the deceased employee’s average weekly wage after taxes are deducted.Speak to a Trusted Plainville and Bristol Attorney
In most instances, employers are required by law to provide injured employees with workers’ compensation benefits. People hurt at work should seek counsel to best protect their rights. If you suffered harm in the workplace, the trusted lawyers of Jainchill & Beckert, LLC, can advise you of your rights and aid you in fighting to protect your interests. We have an office in Plainville, and we regularly assist people in workers’ compensation cases in Plainville and Bristol, and in other cities throughout Connecticut, such as Southington, Farmington, Hartford, and New Britain. We can be reached at 860-351-5254 or through the online form to schedule a consultation.