Enacted in 1913, Connecticut's Workers' Compensation Act has been in existence for over a century. While it has changed over the years, the reality is that the program has maintained its goal of providing medical cost coverage and lost wage compensation to those who are hurt as a result of workplace accidents.
Who decides how much benefits are worth to employees in Connecticut?
As of 2019, the Connecticut General Statutes regulate the benefits provided by workers' compensation. The statutes can be changed to address factors that could change in the future, but they're generally put in place to maintain a fair system.
What happens when someone is hurt on the job?
When someone gets hurt or suffers an illness related to work, they have to report the incident to their employer or direct supervisor. Then, that first report of injury is created and sent to the claims administrator. After that, the administrator will contest or approve the claim the worker makes. Finally, if medical care is needed, the network providers must be used in most cases. However, it's typical to allow the first visit, especially in an emergency, to be with any emergency medical provider.
Workers can expect to receive benefits including medical expense coverage and lost wage coverage. Some additional benefits that may apply to a case include permanent partial disability coverage, job retraining, relapse or recurrence benefits, temporary partial disability coverage and others.
Your attorney will review your case with you to make sure you're getting all the coverage that you should when you file for workers' compensation.