One of the most common workers' compensation lawsuits involve falls during the scope of one's employment. Falls are especially dangerous because they can lead to fractures, brain injuries, and even death. Workers' compensation lawsuits occur when there is a dispute about the employer's liability for the injury, when the employer intentionally harms the employee, or when there is a third party involved in the workers' compensation case.
The Connecticut workers' compensation law is codified in the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Act. Within that Act, Connecticut General Statute § 31-275 states that workers' compensation arises out of and in the course of one's employment. An employee is eligible for workers' compensation if (1) an accidental injury happened to an employee or if (2) the employee incurred an occupational disease that originatedunder the scope of his employment in the business or affairs of his employer. The injury must occur on the employer's premises, or elsewhere while engaging in an activity related to the scope of employment by the direction, express or implied, of the employer. The goal of Workers' Compensation is to pay for medical expenses related to the injury as well as compensate for lost wages and permanent disability.
Understanding the workers' compensation law can be difficult. The first step in determining whether a workers' compensation suit makes sense is to look at the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission website which has useful information on what exactly workers' compensation is all about. A typical fall accident that occurs in a workers' compensation suit is much like the recent Chelsea Piers case, where a construction worker died during the course of his employment due to possible negligence of the contractor.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a work place fall, contact the Law Offices of Paul Levin for a consultation. Our firm has handled numerous cases involving negligent and reckless employers and third parties, and we will work tirelessly to achieve justice for our clients. To learn more about cases we have handled, look at our recent cases page. In Youmans v. Pated Spring Co., we were able to secure $275,000 for our client, who was a temporary worker for the defendant. In Hill v. Pest Control, we secured $160,000 for our client who suffered multiple fractures, allowing him financial security to pursue other employment opportunities. In Machinski v Newspaper Co., we secured an $182,000 settlement for our client in addition to workers' compensation, allowing her to move on with her life. Call my office at 860-560-7226 or my private number after hours at 860-834-3333. If you prefer email, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.