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Understanding workers’ compensation in Connecticut

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Connecticut workers can apply for benefits through the state Workers’ Compensation Commission after an injury at work or diagnosis of an illness resulting from workplace exposure. You must follow the proper procedures to maintain your eligibility for benefits.

Review the steps to take for workers’ compensation relief in Connecticut.

Reporting your claim

Report any workplace injury or diagnosis of a work-related illness to your supervisor right away. The company must then report the injury to the claims administrator for Connecticut.

Seeking medical care

You must see providers within the network when you have a work injury in Connecticut. Otherwise, you may not receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical expenses.

Reviewing available benefits

In addition to lost wages and medical bills associated with the illness or injury, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits for:

  • Vocational retraining if you can no longer do the type of work you used to do
  • Permanent scarring or disfigurement
  • Permanent partial disability if you have lost a body part or its function
  • Temporary total disability if you cannot work because of your illness or injury, at 75% of the average weekly wage you earned before disability
  • Temporary partial disability if you can only return to a different type of work, at 75% of the difference between your current salary and previous salary.

Connecticut will also pay benefits if you have a relapse of a previous work illness or injury. If the WCC claims administrator rejects your application, you have the right to file an appeal and receive a hearing to present your case for benefits.