If you have been injured at your job in Connecticut, the aftermath can be a chaotic mix of frustration, stress and pain as you struggle to make sense of what happened. Compounded by the inconvenience of being unable to work for the foreseeable future, you may feel hopeless as you consider what the future holds for you and your family. Fortunately, if your employer has a workers’ compensation benefits plan, you could be eligible to receive assistance until you are able to devise a solution to return to work and gather wages again.

A well-rounded workers’ compensation plan will enable you to file a claim immediately upon getting injured. In a timely manner, you should be informed if your claim was approved or denied. It is imperative that you disclose the nature of your injuries and the timeline upon which they occurred as quickly as possible to get your claim underway before too much time has elapsed. Consider including evidence, descriptions of the accident and the accident scene, and witness accounts of anyone who may have seen what happened.

According to The State of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission, you will be denied benefits of any kind if your injury was the result of you being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while performing work responsibilities. The program is designed to provide you with supplemental benefits throughout your recovery and may extend beyond your recovery as you slowly transition back into your previous responsibilities. If your return to work will require temporary or permanent reassignment or modified responsibilities, you may still be eligible to collect a portion of your benefits until you are able to resume making the same wage as you were before your accident.

One thing you should be aware of is that your benefits can not be transferred to another person’s name. This restriction prevents people from taking advantage of the resources designed to protect you and others who may have been injured at work.