In Connecticut, the Workers Compensation system is "no-fault", which means that employers or private insurers pay workers compensation benefits to an employee who was injured or made ill on the job even if:
    •    The accident was the worker's fault
    •    The worker was born with a medical condition that predisposed him or her to the injury (or increased its severity)
Nearly All Employees Are Eligible
In addition, the workers compensation benefits in Connecticut cover almost all employees, including:
    •    part-time employees
    •    workers who are not U.S. citizens
    •    minors (under 18 years old)
Immediate Eligibility
The benefits can be awarded regardless of:
    •    the amount of time the employee worked at the job
    •    what type of job it was
    •    the size of the employer's business
    •    the number of hours he or she worked per day (except for employees working around a private home for not more than twenty-six hours per week)
However, Connecticut's workers compensation laws deny benefits to a worker whose injury resulted from alcohol or drug abuse.
Types of Workers Compensation Benefits in Connecticut
The workers comp benefits provided by the state of Connecticut are designed to help a worker who develops an occupational disease or is injured on the job, by providing:
    •    all necessary medical treatment
    •    weekly benefits while disabled
    •    vocational rehabilitation, if necessary
    •    additional benefits for permanent physical impairment, scarring, and disfigurement
What You Should Do If You Are Injured on the Job
    •    Report the injury to your employer immediately. Your employer should send you to a hospital or other healthcare facility, and the employer must file an "Employer's First Report of Occupational Injury or Illness" form with its insurance carrier and with the Workers Compensation Commission.
    •    File a written notice of claim as soon as possible. The form for doing this is called a "30C" form. You have one year from the date of the injury to file the claim, but it's best to do it right away.
    •    If you are filing for benefits because of an occupational illness rather than an injury, the statute of limitations (your deadline) for filing a claim is three years from the first manifestation of a symptom of the disease.
    •    If you don't get your first benefit check within two weeks of becoming disabled, you should also contact your employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier.
    •    Contact a Connecticut workers compensation lawyer near you for a free consultation.
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