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Third-party claims can significantly increase compensation for injured workers

If you were injured on the job in Connecticut, you are almost certainly entitled to workers' compensation benefits. But did you know that filing a third-party personal injury claim can significantly increase your total compensation after a workplace accident? This is only the case if certain circumstances apply.

Am I Entitled To Third-Party Injury Benefits?

For third-party liability to apply, your injury must have been caused by a negligent third party, that is, someone other than your employer or a fellow employee. Common examples of third-party claims include:

  • Car accidents caused by negligent drivers while you are driving for work purposes
  • Accidents caused by dangerous or defective equipment
  • Injuries caused by negligent contractors and subcontractors

Filing a third-party personal injury claim means that you can seek compensation for pain and suffering and other elements not covered under Connecticut workers' compensation laws.

Your personal injury claim will not alter or reduce your workers' comp benefits in any way. A third-party action is filed in civil court, not handled before the Workers' Compensation Commission. A personal injury claim is not limited to statutory benefits like workers' compensation is. In other words, filing a personal injury claim can only increase your total award after an on-the-job injury.

If you have suffered a workplace injury and are hurting financially, it is important to work with a law firm that can help you explore all avenues of compensation, including workers' compensation and personal injury benefits.

Learn more about an established Connecticut law firm that is always on the side of injured workers.

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