Bridgeport Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Did you suffer serious injuries or was your loved one killed on the job in Connecticut? Act quickly to seek legal representation so you can preserve your rights to possible workers’ compensation.
Hearings to resolve disputes in workers’ compensation cases are held by the Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) in eight District Offices located throughout the state, and the 4th District Office is located in Bridgeport. The WCC states that its “ultimate goal” is “ensuring that workers injured on the job receive prompt payment of lost work time benefits and attendant medical expenses.”
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers handles workers’ compensation claims for clients in Bridgeport and many other surrounding areas of Connecticut. We know that many people experience difficulties proving the severity of their injuries, and our firm can help prove the validity of these claims.
We will also determine if any third parties could be held liable for your injuries in separate civil actions. Call (203) 380-1556 or contact us online to receive a free consultation with a knowledgeable Bridgeport workers’ compensation attorney.
Do I Need A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
When you work with an experienced attorney, you will have somebody who has seen many similar workers’ compensation claims. They will know what additional evidence may be required and how you can obtain that evidence.
The lawyer can conduct an independent investigation to figure out the cause of your accident but perhaps more importantly also determine if other parties besides your employer may be liable. While Connecticut state law prohibits an employee from filing a lawsuit against an employer who provides workers’ compensation insurance, the protection is not extended to other third parties involved in workplace accidents.
If a third party’s negligence contributed to or caused your injuries, you could obtain compensation from that party in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits. You may be entitled to damages for all of your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Claims against third parties are especially helpful for victims because workers’ compensation benefits are only a portion of a person’s usual earnings. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers will fight to help you recover every single dollar that you are entitled to.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
The attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have more than 140 years of combined legal experience. Our firm received the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015 and has helped clients recover hundreds of millions of dollars.
Jonathan Perkins is admitted to state courts in Connecticut and New York as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. He is a member of the Bridgeport County Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Connecticut Bar Association.
Mr. Perkins has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and has over three decades of legal experience. Our lawyers can meet with you in your hospital room or home when you are unable to personally visit our office.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers also represents individuals on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing unless you get a monetary award. Call (203) 380-1556 or contact us online to set up a no cost, no obligation consultation.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Cases We Handle
Possible benefits in workers’ compensation cases could include:
- Relapse or Recurrence — An employee can be entitled to benefits for any period of relapse when they suffer a relapse or recurrence of an original injury or illness. Compensation is either their new rate based on their salary at the time of the recurrence or the employee’s basic compensation rate at the time of the original injury or illness, whichever is higher.
- Permanent Partial Disability — The employee’s basic compensation rate, the specific body part that was injured, and the attending physician’s determination of the percentage of that body part that has been disabled all determine awards when an employee suffers a permanent, partial loss of use of a body part or body parts because of a work-related injury.
- Temporary Partial Disability — An employee can receive 75 percent of the after-tax-and-Social-Security difference between the amount they are currently earning and the amount they would have been earning had they not been injured when they can perform some kind of work but not the same type of work or the same number of hours they worked before their injury.
- Temporary Total Disability — An employee can receive a benefit rate of 75 percent of their after-tax-and-Social-Security average weekly wage, based upon the wages they earned when they are totally disabled from a work-related injury or illness.
- Medical Treatment — An employer may designate a medical facility for the initial treatment of an injury or illness, but the employee always has the right to choose their attending physician.
Additional kinds of benefits include discretionary benefits, which may be granted to individuals after they have been paid all of their Permanent Partial Disability. The Workers’ Compensation Act also provides for vocational rehabilitation for employees unable to return to the type of work which caused their injury or illness, and some employees may be eligible for job re-training from the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Rehabilitation Services.
Workers’ Compensation Statistics
The 2014-2015 Annual Report of the Workers’ Compensation Commission reported 57,472 injuries or illnesses and 28 fatalities in fiscal year 2015. According to the WCC, there were 7,849 pre-formal hearings, 702 formal hearings, and 45,330 informal hearings. The cases resulted in 138 dismissals, 1,976 awards, 7,240 stipulations, and 21,644 voluntary agreements.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were over 36,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported among Connecticut’s private industry employers in 2015. The BLS reported 20,900 of Connecticut’s 36,300 private industry injury and illness cases were classified as DART cases, meaning cases of a more severe nature and involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.
Contact a Bridgeport Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed on the job in Connecticut, do not discount the importance of legal representation for handling your workers’ compensation claim. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can review your case and make sure you get all of the compensation that you are entitled to.
Our firm will diligently work to make sure that every negligent party is held fully accountable. Call (203) 380-1556 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.