If you or a family member is injured on the job, it is a hardship that affects your health and livelihood. Injured workers often run into roadblocks trying to obtain the benefits they should receive. We can help.
Workers’ comp is a two-way street. Your employer pays for insurance for medical and wage support if you are injured in the course of your work. In exchange for quick access to these benefits, you cannot sue your employer after you are injured, nor are you compensated for pain and suffering. Instead, you file a claim to receive medical, wage replacement, and other benefits.
While it sounds straightforward, the process of filing and collecting on a workers’ compensation claim becomes complex. Your claim could easily end in denial for what seems like a small reason. Our workers’ compensation attorneys have been successfully representing men and women injured on the job in Connecticut since 1984. Here are some quick tips to help you get your claim underway.
Four quick tips to help you process your workers’ comp claim
1. Contact your supervisor or employer immediately: Report your injury to your supervisor as soon as you can after a workplace accident or the discovery of an occupational injury.
If you do not notify your supervisor right away, you could see your benefits reduced or denied altogether. If you sustain an injury that does not require medical attention, or does not end in lost work time, it is still important to notify your supervisor.
2. Get medical care: If you require medical care, you must initially accept treatment by the healthcare provider designated by your employer.
If your employer does not require you to see a particular practice group or provider, you can choose your physician. Keep all receipts and reports you are given, follow the instructions of the physician, and attend any follow-up appointments.
3. Promptly file a Written Notice of Claim: In Connecticut, you must file Form 30C, which gives notice to the Workers’ Compensation Commission that you are claiming benefits. Although you notified your employer that you were injured, you must file the Written Notice, Form 30C, as well.
4. Get legal help when needed: A large number of workers’ compensation claims in Connecticut are denied. If you are injured on the job and denied benefits, bills add up fast when wages are not coming in.
If this happens to you, contact a law firm experienced with workers’ compensation claims your area. Attorneys should not charge you a fee up front but can receive payment through monies awarded if your claim is successful. If you are not awarded benefits—you should pay no attorney fees.
Getting hurt on the job is stressful. Take the right steps to ensure you receive the benefits for which you are eligible as soon as possible. If denied, speak with an experienced workers’ comp lawyer.
Skilled legal help with workers’ compensation claims in Connecticut
If you are denied benefits or have questions about the worker’s compensation process, we have successfully served injured Connecticut workers for more than three decades. Contact us today or call (203) 255-7777.