In Connecticut, any job can be dangerous with the potential for injury. However, certain jobs carry with them a fundamental level of risk.
For those who work in physically demanding jobs like construction and other hands-on jobs, there is always a chance that there will be injuries that warrant workers’ compensation benefits. Other jobs are also dangerous, including those performed by first responders.
After an accident involving a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency technician, it is wise to understand the process to get workers’ compensation benefits.
State troopers injured when cruiser rear-ended
An auto accident injured two state troopers and sent them to the hospital. The accident happened at around 5 p.m.
The officers were near an exit on the interstate and had stopped to assist a driver whose vehicle had broken down. At the same time, a collision happened when a 28-year-old man was said to be following the vehicle ahead of his too closely.
When that automobile slowed, he swerved and crashed into the cruiser. The cruiser then hit the stalled vehicle the officers had initially arrived to investigate.
One of the troopers had gotten out of the cruiser and was hit. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Understanding workers’ compensation and a personal injury case
Accidents and injuries, tragically, are common for first responders. When there is an accident, back injuries, head injuries, spinal cord damage or a negative emotional impact can be a challenge personally, professionally and financially.
Medical costs, lost wages and the need to find another type of work entirely are possible. For help to cover these issues and more, getting the compensation you need may be difficult.
In some instances, there is a disagreement between the employee and the workers’ compensation insurer and employer as to how long they should be off the job. Other problems can come up, such as getting approved for the benefits to start with.
Before saying or doing anything, these troopers and anyone else who is injured on the job should understand their rights under Connecticut’s workers’ compensation laws.