The state of Connecticut has a commission in place to facilitate the process of applying for workers’ compensation if you are injured on the job and unable to work. However, workers’ compensation benefits do not kick in automatically. In order to receive any benefits, you must first follow a specific process as outlined by the state.
Reporting the injury and filing a claim
The first step to the workers’ compensation process is reporting your injury to your employer, who will then inform their workers’ compensation insurance carrier. They should also provide you with medical treatment.
The State of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission states that if you fall ill due to an occupational disease, you have three years to file a claim from the day your symptoms first appear. If filing an accidental injury claim, you must do so within one year of the date you were injured.
Getting medical attention
It is important to keep in mind that you must accept medical treatment offered by your employer if you are to qualify to receive any workers’ compensation benefits down the road. This may be in the form of a designated physician, a hospital, a walk-in clinic or a company medical facility.
If there is a dispute
It is possible that your employer will deny your request for workers’ compensation, but if so, they must inform you within 28 days of your request being filed. It is also possible that you will not receive payments due to missing paperwork. If it is the latter reason, contact your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.
This article is intended to inform and is not legal advice.