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Manchester, CT Worker’s Compensation Lawyer


Manchester’s Workers’ Compensation & Social Security Disability Lawyer

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

When you get into an accident or experience any medical emergency, oftentimes your first thoughts concern bills or finances. “How am I going to take time off from work?” or “How can I afford this?” That’s not right and that’s why Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP has been helping clients in Connecticut and Manchester since 1987. Call one of our lawyers to get started on a claim. We’ll take care of the work and you can just focus on feeling better.


Our Attorneys serving Manchester

Every lawyer that works at our office has decades of experience and training in workers compensation, disability, and social security cases. Best yet: Our unique model combines the access and expertise of a big firm with the intimacy of a smaller one. Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP represents our Manchester clients from the inception of their case through the completion of their trial. The firm does not refer trial work to other attorneys and each of our partners are easily accessible throughout the process. We know that this process is difficult and that’s why we’ll always be here for you.


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 Manchester


What is Workers’ Compensation?

If you develop a work-related illness or injure yourself as a result of your job, you may be entitled to benefits. Workers compensation benefits are designed to help cover the cost of living while the employee is unable to 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
The dedicated lawyers at Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP are here to ensure your rights are not infringed upon and you will receive every cent of compensation you are owed.   

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

After you are injured at your workplace in Manchester, you must first receive any needed medical attention and report this injury to the employer. Then, it is important that you file a Form 30C (notice of claim for compensation) in order to make sure that 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. Costello, Coombes, and Brown, LLP works to protect the rights of each one of our clients. We’ll fight to ensure that you receive every cent of compensation that you are owed. 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 Manchester

Our leading Compensation Specialists at Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP are Attorney Kevin W. Coombes and Attorney Frank V. Costello. Both are board-certified and have decades of experience in the field helping our Manchester clients. Their experience means that they are well-versed in the many types of compensation laws throughout the state and know how to represent your case.  

Common Questions About Workers’ Compensation in Manchester

What Should I do If I am Injured at Work?
When you injure yourself at your job, it is important that you first seek any needed medical attention. After that, you must immediately report it to the employer. If you do not report the claim within a certain amount of time, it will be denied.  
What Benefits Am I Entitled To?
There are four types of basic benefits that clients are generally entitled to. Namely, they are medical treatment, disability payments, permanent disability settlement (if the injury causes permanent impairment), and vocational rehabilitation. Vocational rehabilitation occurs only when the employee cannot return to their original job and there is no modified/alternative position for them.  
Where Are the Hearings Held?
If you have a court hearing, then there are many places where it can be held. Hartford, New Britain, Middletown, Norwich, New Haven, Waterbury, Bridgeport, and Stamford are all possibilities. And while formal and informal hearings are held in the district offices by commissioners, appeals will be heard by the  Compensation Review Board at the chairman’s office.
Can I Return to Work After My Injury?
If you are physically able to resume the duties of your job work after your recovery, then you are legally entitled to the next available position. However, if you are unable to perform these tasks, then you may be entitled to either a modified or alternative position with your employer. If none of these options work, you may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation benefits instead.

Social Security Disability Attorneys in Manchester

What is Social Security Disability?

You may consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits if you or a loved one has suffered a life-altering injury that has left you or them unable to work. In order to apply for Social Security Disability in Manchester, 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

You can complete the initial application for disability online.  You can also use The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) to find out if you are a qualifying candidate. If you need help filling out your application form, submitting your report, or gathering necessary medical evidence, give us a call. Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP has years of experience in all three areas and will work to help you get the benefits you deserve.  

When to Hire a Social Security Disability Attorney in Manchester

While submitting these forms may seem simple enough, parts of it are actually quite complex. Thus, having an attorney by your side can dramatically increase your chances of getting your claim approved. If you want to increase your chances of being approved, call us today. Our lawyers have years of experience and training in social security disability laws. They’ll know how to present your case correctly and in a favorable light. Meanwhile, you can just relax and work on getting your life back on track. If your disability claim is denied, our team will work tirelessly to appeal your case to the state and request reconsideration. We’ll help you gather any more legal evidence you may need and help you through the appeals process. And if you’ve already been denied, then we even can still help you in your next appeal.  

Common Questions About Social Security Disability in Manchester

How Long Does It Take to Receive a Decision on Social Security Disability?
Those with extremely serious disabilities are more likely to get approved quickly. But generally, it is hard to estimate and can depend on many factors. Most cases take anywhere from a month to two years.
What Happens if my Social Security Disability Case is Denied?
If you are working on your own and your social security case is denied, then you are free to request an appeal. Just make sure you do it within the 60-day deadline. Otherwise, you will lose out on your right to an appeal and have to start the process all over again. We here at Costello, Coombes & Brown LLP always have our clients best interests at heart. 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 even if you are denied a second time, we will appeal again by requesting a hearing before the Administration Law Judge (ALJ). When you work with us, you can be sure that we have your back and we will fight for what you deserve.
What is the Fee for a Social Security Disability Lawyer?
Unless there are fees for medical reports, working with us will post no upfront costs. We are paid directly by the Social Security Administration from your retroactive benefits. As a result, the fee is contingent upon winning benefits for you.  

We Are Greater Manchester’s Trusted Law Firm

If you require assistance with a Workers’ Compensation claim or a Social Security Disability case, the experts at Costello, Coombs & Brown, LLP is here for you. We want to give you the support and guidance to get through this difficult time. Call us today to set up an initial 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.

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

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

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