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Hartford, CT Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

Hartford, CT Worker’s Compensation & Social Security Lawyer

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

Since 1987, Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP has been serving the Hartford area. We understand that after experiencing any accident, be it work or medical, your first thought will be about medical bills and covering missed days from work. To get started on your claim, get in contact with one of our Hartford lawyers at Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP.

Our Attorneys serving Hartford

Our attorneys have decades of experience working with clients in worker’s compensation and social security disability cases. Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP offers clients the “personal touch” – something not always possible at other firms. The partners are easily accessible and believe good communication between client and attorney is essential for a successful outcome. Unlike some firms, Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP represents their clients from the inception of their case through the completion of trial. The firm does not refer trial work to other attorneys.

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 Hartford

What is Workers’ Compensation?

For most part-time and full-time employees will be covered by Workers’ Compensation benefits. When an employee is injured on the job, or develops a work-related illness or disease, and is unable to continue working they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits help to cover the cost of expenses while the employee is unable to work. The Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Act provides three main types of benefits. These include:
  • Wage Replacement Benefits
  • Reasonable or necessary medical care
  • Compensation for Permanent Injury
The dedicated lawyers at Costello, Coombes and Brown LLP are here to ensure your rights are not infringed upon and that you receive every cent of compensation you are owed.

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

The dedicated lawyers at Costello, Coombes and Brown LLP are here to ensure your rights are not infringed upon and that you receive every cent of compensation you are owed. After being injured at your Hartford place of business, and after you have reported the injury to your employer and received medical attention, you must file a Form 30C (notice of claim for compensation) to make sure that your claim has been seen. An insurance carrier may file a Form 43 when they intend to deny your claim. When the insurance carrier intends to discontinue your benefits, they must file a Form 36. Voluntary Agreements must be filed and approved by a commissioner in cases where an injured worker has missed more than three days of work due to the injury.

Industries Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Help In

At Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP both Attorney Kevin W. Coombes and Attorney Frank V. Costello are Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialists. Our firm can represent injured workers’ throughout the State of Connecticut for a variety of workplace injuries. These injuries can include orthopedic injuries to the back, neck, shoulders, repetitive trauma claims, heart and hypertension claims (specific state and municipal employees) or work-related heart attacks and occupational diseases.

Common Questions About Workers’ Compensation in Hartford

What Should I do If I am Injured at Work?
If you happen to be injured at your job in Hartford, you must report the accident to your employer. Every claim must be reported within a certain amount of time before it will be denied.
What Benefits Am I Entitled To?
Generally, there are four basic benefits you are entitled to. These include: 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?
In Connecticut, there are eight district offices that your hearing can be held at including Hartford, New Britain, Middletown, Norwich, New Haven, Waterbury, Bridgeport, and Stamford. Both formal and informal hearings are held in the district offices by commissioners while appeals are heard by the Compensation Review Board at the chairman’s office.
Can I Return to Work After My Injury?
After recovery, if you are physically able to perform the same responsibilities of your position, you are entitled to the next available position. If you are not able to complete the tasks of your job, your employer can offer you a modified or alternative position. If this is not possible either, your employer may provide you with vocational rehabilitation benefits.

Social Security Disability Attorneys in Hartford

What is Social Security Disability?

When you or a loved one in Hartford have suffered from a life-changing illness or injury, it may leave you unable to work, and you may consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits. In order to apply for Social Security Disability in Hartford, you must:
  • Have a medical condition that’s expected to last one year or result in death
  • Not have partial or short-term disability
  • Meet the Social Security Administration (SSA) definition of disability

Filing a Claim for Social Security Disability

You can complete the initial application for disability online. Alternatively, you can fill out a Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST), to find out if you are a qualifying candidate. The experienced disability attorneys at Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP can also handle your claim for the beginning stages including filling out your application and disability report. We’ll gather all of the necessary medical evidence while the Social Security Administration will review your claim.

When to Hire a Social Security Disability Attorney in Hartford

You may not realize, but an attorney can help you immensely with a disability case. One of the best reasons to hire an attorney for your case is that you will increase your chances of being approved. From your initial application to the hearing, our Hartford disability lawyers know how to correctly represent you in a favorable light. In the event that your disability claim is denied, we will vigorously appeal, request reconsideration and gather more supportive medical evidence in your favor. For those who have already been through the process on their own and been denied, we recommend that you seek legal help to assist you in your next appeal.

Common Questions About Social Security Disability Law

How Long Does It Take to Receive a Decision on Social Security Disability?
Receiving your social security disability can take anywhere from a month to two years before you receive approval. If you have a serious disability, you are more likely to get quickly approved.
What Happens if my Social Security Disability Case is Denied?
On your own, you can request an appeal. If you fail to request an appeal within the 60 day deadline, you can miss out on your approval for disability. This will also result in a loss of appeal rights and starting the application process once again. When you work with Costello, Coombes & Brown, we always have your best interest. If you are under our legal advisement and you are denied the rights to your disability, we will immediately appeal and request consideration on your behalf. If you are denied a second time, we will also request a hearing before the Administration Law Judge (ALJ). Our Hartford attorneys will always have your back, and we are willing to put up a fight for what you deserve.
What is the Fee for a Social Security Disability Lawyer?
Our fee is only contingent upon winning benefits for you. We are paid directly by the Social Security Administration from your retroactive benefits. Additionally, there are no upfront costs to you, unless there are medical report fees needed.

We Are Greater Hartford’s Trusted Law Firm

If you need help with your worker’s compensation or social security disability case, we are here to support you. Reach out to set up a consultation to review your potential case.


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

Visit us

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

Office hours

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