Workers’ Compensation benefits are available to employees and other covered individuals who sustain injuries that arise out of and in the course of their employment. The Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Act provides three main types of benefits: 1) wage replacement benefits; 2) reasonable or necessary medical care and 3) compensation for permanent injury. The statute does not provide for pain and suffering. Other benefits include: mileage reimbursement; limited scarring benefits; reimbursement for your time while receiving medical treatment in certain situations and cost of living adjustments (COLA’s) in certain situations.
In the State of Connecticut the Workers’ Compensation Commission is the government agency that oversees the administration of the workers’ compensation act. The Office of the Chairman is located at 21 Oak Street in Hartford, Connecticut. There are eight district offices located in Hartford, New Britain, Middletown, Norwich, New Haven, Waterbury, Bridgeport and Stamford. Formal hearings and informal hearings are heard in the district offices by commissioners while appeals are heard by the Compensation Review Board at the chairman’s office.
If you have been injured at work, after you have reported the injury to your employer and received medical attention you must file a Form 30C to insure that your claim has been properly noticed. The insurance carrier may file a Form 43 if it intends to deny your claim. The insurance carrier must file a Form 36 if and when it intends to discontinue your benefits. Voluntary Agreements must be filed and approved by a commissioner for all accepted cases where the injured worker has missed more than three days of work due to the injury. Navigating the workers’ compensation statute, related administrative regulations, written opinions and complex medical issues can be a daunting task for those unfamiliar with the system.
At Costello, Coombes & Brown, LLP, both Attorney Kevin W. Coombes and Attorney Frank V. Costello have been recognized as Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialists. The firm represents injured workers’ throughout the State of Connecticut for all types of workplace injuries that include: orthopedic injuries such as those to the back, neck, shoulders, hips and knees, traumatic brain injuries, herniated discs and torn tendons; repetitive trauma claims; carpal tunnel syndrome; cubital tunnel syndrome; RSD; complex regional pain syndrome; heart and hypertension claims (only for certain state and municipal employees); work related heart attacks and occupational diseases.