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Berlin , CT Worker’s Compensation Lawyer


Berlin’s Workers’ Compensation & Social Security Disability Lawyer

Our firm specializes in worker’s compensation and social security disability cases.

Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP, was established in 1987, and has been serving citizens of Berlin ever since. We know that experiencing a workplace injury or debilitating medical condition can be immensely stressful. Let us help you get the compensation and benefits you deserve. Our Berlin attorneys are here to help. Contact us today to get started on your claim.


Our Attorneys serving Berlin

Our attorneys partnered with Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP provide a personally involved approach to the legal assistance they provide, that most law firms will not. We make sure to work promptly, keep in touch frequently to always keep you informed on the status of your claim, and never refer your case to another firm or lawyer. Our personalized approach ensures that you receive the best, and most efficient, legal representation by sustaining open communication throughout this process. This way our Berlin attorneys can work on your case with you from the moment you contact us, to the very end of your trial.


Kevin W. Coombes

A Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist and a leading advocate for clients with workers’ compensation claims and social security disability claims.

Frank V. Costello

A Board Certified Workers’ Compensation specialist.

Jeremy L. Brown

Associate attorney.


Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Berlin


What is Workers’ Compensation?

Most part-time and full-time employees may be eligible for workers’ compensation if they suffer from a work-related illness or injury. In these cases, the benefits received from a successful claim may include covered medical expenses, compensation for lost wages, and coverage for ongoing medical care. The Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Act provides three main types of these benefits. These include:
  • Wage Replacement Benefits
  • Reasonable or necessary medical care
  • Compensation for Permanent Injury
Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP has lawyers in Berlin that are committed to providing the best in legal representation available to protect your rights.      

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Following a work related injury in Berlin, it is first important to report said injury to your employer, and receive any necessary medical attention. One that is complete, you must submit a Form 30C (notice of claim for compensation) in order to make sure your claim is seen. If the insurance provider wants to deny this claim, they must file a Form 43. Additionally, if the insurance wishes to cease benefits, they are required to file a Form 36. Any Berlin citizen that misses more than three days of work, as a result of a workplace injury, must submit a Voluntary Agreement to be reviewed and approved by a commissioner.    

Industries Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Help In Berlin

Keven W. Coombes and Frank V. Costello are experienced and Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialists serving the state of Connecticut. The partners of Costello, Coombes, & Brown, LLP have been working diligently to providing legal representation for a many workplace injuries in Berlin since they established their practice in 1987. The injuries that our lawyers help with include: orthopedic injuries to the back, neck, and shoulders; cases of repetitive trauma; hypertension and heart injuries (for state and municipal employees); and workplace heart attacks and occupational diseases.      

Common Questions About Workers’ Compensation in Berlin

What Should I do If I am Injured at Work?
    If you become injured at your Berlin occupation, you should report the injury to your employer promptly, and receive medical attention. Failing to report the injury in a timely fashion will almost certainly result in a denial of your claim.      
What Benefits Am I Entitled To?
    The four types of benefits Berlin citizens may be entitled to are: reimbursement for medical bills, disability payments, a permanent disability settlement (in the event that the injury causes permanent disability), and vocational rehabilitation (if you cannot return to work and there is no modified or alternative position for you).      
Where Are the Hearings Held?
    Hearings are held in one in a list of eight districts in Connecticut, as follows: Hartford, New Britain, Middletown, Norwich, New Haven, Waterbury, Bridgeport, and Stamford. Formal and informal hearings alike will be handled by the commissioner in the district office, and appeals will be held in the chairman’s office by the Compensation Review Board.  
Can I Return to Work After My Injury?
  If you are physically capable to return to regular work following the recovery of your injury, then you are entitled to the next available position. If you are not capable of doing so, then your Berlin employer may offer you a modified, or alternative, position. If this is not possible you may be compensated with vocational rehabilitation benefits.    

Social Security Disability Attorneys in Berlin


What is Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability provides benefits to Berlin citizens who are unable to work due to debilitating medical conditions. In order to apply for Social Security Disability in Berlin you must:
  • Have a medical condition that’s expected to last one year or result in death
  • Not have a partial or short-term disability
  • Meet the Social Security Administration (SSA) definition of disability

Filing a Claim for Social Security Disability

An initial application for disability may be filled out online. Alternatively, you can determine your eligibility for social security disability by completing a Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST).   Let the experienced attorneys serving Berlin, of Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP, take care of your application process for you. By receiving all necessary information from you, our lawyers can increase the odds of your claim to be accepted the first time. Meanwhile, while we wait for your case to be reviewed by the Social Security Administration, we will strengthen your case any way we can.      

When to Hire a Social Security Disability Attorney in Berlin

Having an attorney work on your disability case can help a lot when trying to receive benefits in Berlin. By having a lawyer to build your case, there are greater chances of your claim being approved. Due to our decades of experience, Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP can present your case in the best possible way.   If your disability claim is denied, our attorneys will work diligently to rectify the denial by going through the appeals process. We will do everything we can to build you a stronger case. In the event that you have already received a denial, we recommend consulting an attorney to strengthen your odds at a successful appeal.      

Common Questions About Social Security Disability in Berlin

How Long Does It Take to Receive a Decision on Social Security Disability?
    It may take anywhere from a month to two years for a claim to be determined as sufficient for benefits. Urgent cases are typically handle more quickly than others.    
What Happens if my Social Security Disability Case is Denied?
    You may, on your own, begin your own appeals process. However, if the appeal is not filed within 60 days, then your eligibility for an appeal will be lost, and you will have to begin the application process over again. When you trust Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP with your appeals process, you are ensuring that your case will have the best possible chance at a successful appeal. If the appeal does not succeed, then we will push to have your case reconsidered by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Our Berlin attorneys will work diligently to ensure the success of your case.    
What is the Fee for a Social Security Disability Lawyer?
    We will begin working on your case at absolutely no cost to you. Our payment is received from the Social Security Administration from your retroactive benefits in the event that your case is won. There may be fees for requesting certain medical information during the process, however.    

We Are Greater Berlin’s Trusted Law Firm

If you find yourself in need of legal representation while filing for workers’ compensation or social security disability, our Berlin attorneys will be more than willing to help. Contact Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP today to review your claim.


Experienced Attorneys in Hartford for Over 30 Years

At the law office of Costello, Coombes and Brown, LLP, we provide a personal touch in all of our cases. We believe that the more in tune we are with our clients, the better the outcome will be. We are always accessible for our clients in Hartford and the surrounding Connecticut towns. We have litigated for dozens of cases over the past three decades for a variety of personal injury cases.

Personal Injury Cases we Assist With in Hartford:

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Hartford

Aggressively pursuing our client’s rights and vigorously protecting their interests

At Costello, Coombes and Brown, LLP, we’ve successfully helped numerous individuals who have suffered injuries at the fault of another parties’ negligence. When you’ve experienced an accident on the job, it’s best to trust a personal injury attorney or more specifically, a workers’ compensation attorney in Hartford.

Navigating through a Workers’ Compensation case is not easy. Both, Kevin W. Coombes and Frank V. Costello, are board certified Workers’ Compensation specialists who can walk you through the entire process, helping you make your claim all the way until the completion of the case. We will aggressively negotiate for our Hartford clients to receive the full and fair compensation that they are entitled to. 

Social Security Disability Attorneys in Hartford

Providing sound, practical advice for our clients in Hartford and throughout Connecticut

Applying for Hartford Social Security Disability benefits can be lengthy and complicated. Due to the nature of the claim you wish to process, it’s best to find an advocate who has your best interests in mind. The Hartford Social Security Disability lawyers at Costello, Coombes, and Brown, can do just that! We’ll carefully and precisely walk you through the entire process, helping you not only understand what needs to be completed but increasing your chances of receiving benefits. By receiving expert legal advice from our attorneys, we’ll help you stay away from additional reviews or appeals for your case.

If you are suffering from a physical or mental illness that is preventing you from working, you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits. Reach out to one of our personal injury lawyers who specialize in Social Security Disability to receive the assistance you deserve.

The Experience & Compassion You Need, When You Need It

When you find yourself in a difficult situation, whether from an injury on the job or a disability hindering you from working, you can find solace in a professional, experienced personal injury lawyer at Costello, Coombes and Brown, LLP.

We are passionate about helping our Hartford clients receive the compensation they deserve, and our history proves it. We have experience in hundreds of Workers’ Compensation claims and Social Security Disability claims, working until the very end to receive the most beneficial outcome. To get started, call us at 860-560-0468 or fill out our contact form.

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As with most personal injury firms Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP does
not charge for the initial consultation. There are no charges for lawyer services
unless you are compensated for your injury.

Contact us

Phone: (860) 560-0468
Fax: (860) 560-0763

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433 South Main Street, Suite 102
West Hartford, CT 06110

Office hours

Mon - Fri 8:30am - 5pm
or by appointment