You probably did not expect your workplace to present dangers capable of hurting you. However, it did and now you are dealing with the consequences. For more information on responding to injuries sustained while on the job in Connecticut, please continue reading, then contact one of our experienced Hartford County workers’ compensation attorneys today.
How do accidents happen on the job in Connecticut?
Connecticut state law mandates that all employers ensure their employees are safe while they perform the functions of their jobs. The state dictates that employers provide their employees with the proper safety equipment and training to avoid injuries. An employer’s failure to follow state law can cause certain dangers to arise, including the following types of accidents:
- Slip and falls
- Muscle strains
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Crashes or collisions
- Inhaling toxic fumes
- Loud noise exposure
- Being struck by falling objects
How do you recover compensation for job accidents in Connecticut?
First and foremost, you should report the accident to your employer immediately after you have sustained injuries in your place of employment. By informing your employer of your accident, you allow the process of recovering workers’ compensation to begin. Workers’ compensation is insurance that provides injured employees with the following benefits in order to cover the damages due to the accident:
- Medical treatment
- Weekly benefits while disabled
- Vocational rehabilitation, if necessary
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Permanent physical impairment
Be mindful that situations exist in which the employer is not at fault for the accident. Instead, a third party – such as a subcontractor, equipment manufacturer or designer – could have caused the accident. When this happens, injured parties may then file a lawsuit against the third party for negligence. If the plaintiff succeeds in proving negligence, he or she may be able to recover compensation for the damages he or she incurred. We would not be doing our duty if we did not inform you that, if you receive workers’ compensation, you may have to pay it back at some point.
Those who have sustained injuries through no fault of their own should strongly consider retaining the services of one of our skilled Hartford County personal injury attorneys today.
How do you prove your personal injury case in Connecticut?
Assuming you are able to do so, you should begin collecting as much available evidence as possible after you have been injured in a workplace accident. To that end, you should obtain all of your medical records pertaining to the underlying accident, witnesses’ contact information and statements, reports from police and medical personnel and any photos and/or videos of the accident scene. If necessary, our firm can aid you in compiling compelling evidence in addition to presenting it in court. As such, you should not hesitate to give us a call.
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