Determining if you Have a Workers’ Comp Claim
After suffering a work related injury in Connecticut, you are probably wondering whether or not your injury qualifies you for Connecticut workers’ compensation benefits. The law spells out the kinds of injuries which qualify for workers’ compensation, and also details employers’ and employees’ duties in relation to the matter.
The Criteria Needed for a CT Workers’ Comp Claim
If you were injured on the job and you can answer “yes” to all of the following questions, you likely have a Connecticut workers’ comp claim:
- Was I injured while working on the job in Connecticut?
- Was my injury the result of a mistake, accident, or oversight either on my part or the part of another person?
- Was I sober and free of drug and alcohol intoxication when my injury occurred?
- Was I obeying the law when my injury occurred?
- Did I report my injury to my employer and file a claim within one year from the date I suffered the injury?
If you suffered from a job related illness and you can answer “yes” to all of the following questions, you likely have a claim:
- Did the illness result directly from the work I performed or the conditions of the location in which I worked?
- Did I report my illness to my employer and file a claim within three years from the date I became aware of the illness?
What Can Prevent Me from Having a Claim?
If you are found to have intentionally caused injury or illness to yourself, your claim will likely be denied. If you were intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, or were not obeying the law at the time you suffered your injury, your claim may be denied. Finally, if you fail to report and file your claim within the statute of limitations, it will likely be denied.
Seek Legal Help
We strongly suggest that you seek the counsel of an attorney when filing your CT workers’ comp claim paperwork. Not only will this give you a better chance of having your claim approved quickly, it may result in your receiving more overall compensation than if you had done everything yourself.
In order to discuss your CT workers’ compensation claim and learn all of your legal options, call our Hartford workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Andrew J. Cates, LLC today toll free at (800) 330-4988 or (860) 522-7044, or contact us online for a free phone consultation.