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Bristol, CT Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

Bristol’s Workers’ Compensation & Social Security Disability Lawyer

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

Since 1987, the team here at Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP has been serving Bristol and its surrounding towns. We understand that individuals who experience workplace injuries and illnesses find it difficult to handle medical bills, expenses and lost income. With that said, reach out to our reputable team of attorneys here at the Bristol office of Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP to schedule your free consultation today.


Our Attorneys serving Bristol

Offering our clients decades of experience, know-how and expertise, our dedicated team of worker’s compensation and disability attorneys are steadfast in our diligent approach in handling the claims of all our valued clients. Here at Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP, our clients have come to appreciate our friendly personal touch. A personal touch, unlike any of our competitors, our top-rated attorneys are firm believers in open communication. It is our opinion that communication is one of the key components of all attorney/client relationships. Easy to contact, even easier to communicate with, our lawyers have been recognized time and time again for our personal yet professional approach to all our client cases.


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 Bristol


What is Workers’ Compensation?

An employee, whether part-time or full-time, is covered by their employer’s Worker’s Compensation benefits.  If you are injured on the job, or develop any type of illness or disease specific to your employment, and are unable to perform your job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  These benefits help individuals to cover expenses, medical bills and lost wages while they are out of work. 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
Here at the Bristol office of Costello, Coombes and Brown, LLP, we ensure that your rights are not infringed upon and that you are in receipt of compensation owed to you as a result of your work-related injury or illness.  

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Understanding full well how challenging a time this can be, our dedicated team of comp and disability attorneys protect your rights and seek to have the best possible compensation outcome for you. If you have been injured on the job here in Bristol or have developed a work-related illness or disease that has resulted in your inability to work, it is essential that you report the incident to your supervisor or employer right away and receive whatever medical attention is needed immediately.  After reporting the incident and receiving appropriate medical attention, be sure to file a Form 30C which is your notice of claim for compensation ensuring that your claim has been properly entered.  You must also ensure that Voluntary Agreements have been filed and approved by a commissioner once you have missed three consecutive days of work.     If for any reason the insurance carrier feels you are not entitled to the benefits and chooses to deny them, they must file Form 43 explaining why benefits have been denied.  Further, if they intend to terminate your benefits at any time they are required to file a Form 36 offering an explanation as to why they have been discontinued.

Industries Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Help In Bristol

Our law firm is proud of the dedicated team of worker’s compensation and social security disability attorneys we have.  Both Attorney Kevin W. Coombes and Attorney Frank V. Costello are Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialists and excel in the field. Representing injured employees all across the State of Connecticut, our dedicated lawyers handle all types of workplace injuries and illnesses which can include, but are not limited to, orthopedic injuries to the back, neck, and shoulders, repetitive trauma claims, heart and hypertension claims (specific to state and municipal employees) or work-related heart attacks and varied occupational diseases.  

Common Questions About Workers’ Compensation in Bristol

What Should I do If I am Injured at Work?
If you are a Bristol employee who has been injured on the job or suffered a work-related illness or disease, be sure to take the first important step and report your incident to your supervisor, HR director or employer right away.  It is mandatory that you report your work-related incident immediately since there is a limited time frame in which to report the claim or else your claim can and will be denied for failing to report it in a timely fashion.
What Benefits Am I Entitled To?
There are four basic benefits that injured employees are entitled to, which include, but are not limited to, medical treatment, disability payments, permanent disability settlement (if the injury causes permanent impairment), and vocational rehabilitation (if you cannot return to your usual job and there is no alternative or modified position for you)
Where Are the Hearings Held?
There are eight district offices here in Connecticut, where hearings are scheduled and held by commissioners, both formal and informal, including Hartford, New Britain, Middletown, Norwich, New Haven, Waterbury, Bridgeport, and Stamford. If an appeal is scheduled they are heard only by the Compensation Review Board at the chairman’s office.
Can I Return to Work After My Injury?
After you have had time to recover and your doctor indicates that you are physically capable of performing your job again, you are entitled to return to the workplace.  If you are not able to perform your initial job, your employer may very well offer you an alternative position. Further, if there is no alternative position available, your employer may provide you with vocational rehabilitation benefits.   

Social Security Disability Attorneys in Bristol

What is Social Security Disability?

Social Security Benefits afford peace of mind and security to those individuals who have suffered life-changing work-related injuries and illnesses here in the Bristol area and are no longer able to perform their jobs.  If you fall into this category, then you should consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits. In order to apply for Social Security Disability in Bristol 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

If you have experienced a work-related injury or illness then you can either complete the application for disability online or you can choose to file a Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST), to determine whether or not you qualify for disability benefits.    If you lack the experience or confidence to file your own claim, then take time to schedule your free consultation with our top-rated disability attorneys here at Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP today.  We are equipped to handle all your claims from start to finish, including the initial application, filing your disability report and follow through to the final approval process. We collect all the pertinent information needed in advance, while your claim is being reviewed by the Social Security Administration.     

When to Hire a Social Security Disability Attorney in Bristol

Many people are unaware of the fact that disability attorneys have the knowledge, tools and resources needed to file, process and manage their disability claims.  Hiring the expert disability attorneys here in our Bristol office offers you an increased chance of having your claim approved. Our Bristol attorneys will provide you with top notch representation and a professional yet aggressive approach in our efforts to achieve a favorable outcome for all our clients.    If you have attempted to go through the process yourself and file your own disability claim, but have been denied, no worries.  Our attorneys with unparalleled experience will gather additional supportive evidence needed to file an appeal on your behalf and request reconsideration of your claims.  

Common Questions About Social Security Disability in Bristol

How Long Does It Take to Receive a Decision on Social Security Disability?
Your social security disability decision can take anywhere from a month to two years before you receive an approval. If you have a serious disability, you are more likely to get approved a bit faster.   
What Happens if my Social Security Disability Case is Denied?
If your benefits are denied, you can then file an appeal within a 60-day deadline.  If you fail to adhere to the deadline, you will not only lose out on your disability benefits, but you will not be allowed to start the application process a second time.    If you choose to rely upon the highly reputable disability attorneys here at Costello, Coombes & Brown, rest assured we have your best interest in mind and are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for all our clients.  If you have been denied your disability benefits, we will file an appeal immediately and request further consideration. If the request for benefits is denied yet a second time, we will then request a special hearing before the Administration Law Judge (ALJ).  Whatever the case may be, rest assured you are putting your trust into the hands of some of the absolute best attorneys in the industry.
What is the Fee for a Social Security Disability Lawyer?
The fee for our services rendered is entirely contingent upon your benefits approval.  Once approved, we receive payment directly from the Social Security Administration from your retroactive benefits. We do not charge our clients any upfront fees, unless we need to requisition medical records, then we simply charge the fees to obtain those records.   

We Are Greater Bristol’s Trusted Law Firm

If you are in search of a highly skilled team of attorneys to handle your worker’s compensation or social security disability case, then we are the team for you.  Reach out to our staff here at Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP today and schedule your free consultation.

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