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.