Connecticut Workers Compensation Overview

In Theory, every work related injury should be documented in a timely manner by one’s employer and there should be minimal dispute about whether an injured worker in Connecticut is entitled to Workers compensation benefits. In actuality though disputes about vocational injuries and disease , are often defended and administered by insurance companies and administrators in a manner which necessitates early retention of lawyer in order to obtain the benefits due and maintain entitlements to same throughout the life of the claim. The concept of a no fault based system of compensating injured workers appears to have its origin in Germany in the early 19th centruy. This development coincided with the advent of the industrial revolution which brought dangerous new workplaces into existence such as railroads, factories, mines and modern construction and engineering worksites. This in turn led to accompanying increases in injuries, deaths and new work-related diseases. The concept soon spread to other European countries and eventually the United States of America. Today, virtually every state has some type of workers’ compensation system with the essential objective of providing a prompt mechanism of payment to an injured worker for medical bills, lost wages and longer term compensation for the impact of permanent loss of function to particular body parts. A worker inured in Connecticut does not assume the risk of injury and may receive benefits even if the injury was brought about as a result of their own carelessness. The test is whether the injury arose out of and in the course of employment. There are a few exceptions to this general rule and it is best to check with a Firm that handles workers compensation law to be on the safe side.

PREVENTING AMPUTATIONS- A GOVERNMENTAL AND INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE

Amputation injuries continue to occur in Connecticut despite the presence of Federal safety regulations as well as industry manufacturing and Product Design standards which have become prevalent. Frequently, these terrifying injury events occur attendant to the use of power tools and industrial equipment. An overview of the regulatory landscape which is set forth below begs the question why do such events continue to occur with such regularity. A summary of the pertinent regulations and standards is in order before addressing that question. HOW DO AMPUTEES COPE

Full or partial body part amputations are due to a multitude of causes and require major life and psychological adjustments including strategies for coping with the loss of an integral part of one’s body, but recovery is possible and I have seen excellent results over the longer term. Frankly, financial security and taking account of future ergonomic needs as well as supportive medical care gains much of the credit in my experience. Often times an injured Amputee will also need to pursue a workers compensation claim, a general negligence claim and on occasion a products liability claim as well. Too bad our military Men and Woman have no such resort for financial recompense when their injuries happen while defending our Society’s Freedom.

Dog Bites- Strict Liability For Dog Owners

Dog bite injuries and the terror that often accompanies such attacks often leave physical and emotional scars which last a lifetime. For younger persons so injured they may carry with them a fear of dogs for many years and be deprived of perhaps one of the most satisfying emotional engagements with other living creatures possible. It is known that certain breeds of dogs such as Rotweillers and Pit Bulls together are responsible for the majority of serious attacks requiring hospitalization and surgeries. This is likely due, in large measure, to their comparatively greater bite force strength relative to other breeds. Also, Pit Bulls are hesitant to relinquish the attack.

In Connecticut, a form of strict liability exists for such dog bite encounters provided that the person so attacked has not in effect provoked the attack. Normally, the person or entity financially liable to the victim of the attack is the owner or keeper of the Dog. This sometimes can be a source of uncertainty and litigation.