The good news when you are injured on the job is you don’t have to be able to sue because in Connecticut we have a very good workers’ compensation system. Now, that doesn’t mean you’re going to always be happy with it, but the difference between personal injury in the litigation world, and worker’s compensation is you don’t have to prove that someone was negligent.
In Connecticut, you don’t have to prove that your boss, or someone else on the job, was negligent. All you have to prove is that you were on the job and you were injured while performing the duties your job entails. If that’s the case, then you are entitled to compensation for that injury. Of course, how much compensation remains to be seen because that’s dependent on the injury in large part, but there are a number of benefits that you may be entitled to. These benefits can include lost wages, a reduction in lost wages, permanent injury, and sometimes even scarring, although that’s been limited by Connecticut law.
Finally, if all parties agree, they can enter into, subject to the approval of the Worker’s Compensation Commissioner, a full and final settlement. That’s an issue which we take up later on, certainly not at the beginning because we don’t know what your situation’s going to be. Our job is to make sure that as the case proceeds, and as your injury is treated and hopefully is healing, that we get you all the benefits that you’re entitled to.