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One of the first things to consider is the number of denied workers compensation claims in Connecticut.
Filing for a workers’ compensation claim does not guarantee you will be compensated for your medical expenses or for your time lost at your job.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation provides compensation for a percentage of the worker’s lost wages, permanent disabilities, mileage reimbursement to and from the treating physicians, and certain types of facial scarring. It also provides medical benefits for treating the injury.
What is a Third Party Claim?
“Third-party liability” refers to bodily injury caused to a person because of a negligent or reckless third party’s actions or omissions. For example, if an office chair breaks at work because of its defective leg, leaving you with a serious hip injury, you may be able to bring a third-party claim against the chair manufacturer, supplier and retailer. In a third-party liability claim, the worker would be able to ask the court for noneconomic damages and punitive damages. This claim would be in addition to, or “concurrent” with the worker’s compensation claim you could make. The worker’s compensation insurance company/employer under CT law are entitled to put a lien on the third party case to reimburse them for all benefits paid out on the comp claim. However, the w. comp lien must be reduced by 1/3 to give that money back to the injured party.
Do I Need an Attorney to collect my Workers’ Compensation?
By working with an experienced lawyer, you will increase your chances of receiving the benefits you need. At Tindall Law Firm, LLC, we represent employees with workers’ compensation claims and third-party negligence claims. Attorney Tavis Tindall has 21 years of legal experience and is committed to fighting for the benefits and compensation injured workers deserve. Whether your claim was denied or you are in the application process, we can assist you.
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Was your workers’ compensation claim denied?
That is not unusual and it is not a reason to give up. By working with an experienced lawyer, you will increase your chances of receiving the benefits you need. However, do not wait too long because if the employer and its worker’s comp insurance company file certain forms in the worker’s comp office, without you filing a timely objection and requesting a hearing, your claim can be permanently harmed. Further, there are statutes of limitations that have to be complied with or your claim can be permanently lost, so do not delay in seeking an attorney.
Whether your claim was denied, or you are in the application process, we can assist you. For a free consultation with a Waterbury workers’ compensation attorney, please call 203.755.0018 or contact us online.