What is a First Report of Injury?
Employment laws in Connecticut require employers to file a report with the Workers’ Compensation Commission if an employee has suffered a work-related injury or illness that results in missing time from work for one or more days.
Employers in the state of Connecticut must report the date and time of an employee’s injury, as well as any notice that is received from the employee who is filing a workers’ comp claim. Details regarding the accident, insurance that the company will provide for the employee, and the company’s contribution requirements for the plan need to be included.
It doesn’t matter if the illness or injury is compensable under workers’ compensation – the report still must be filed. If the employer does not file as required, the amount of the employee’s workers’ compensation could increase.
When Do I Need to File a First Report?
Employers must submit the report within seven days of notification of a worker’s injury. Companies need to use the form titled “Employer’s First Report of Occupational Injury or Illness.”
Why Do I Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
If you are suffering from a work-related injury or illness, you may be wondering if you should seek legal representation to file a workers’ compensation claim. It all depends on the seriousness of your injury, the complexity of your case, and the actions of your employer or their insurer.
An attorney can help you in the following situations:
- Your workers’ compensation claim is denied. Insurance companies and employers will often reject workers’ comp claims in an effort to save money, thinking that employees may decide not to appeal. Obtaining legal counsel will give the best chance to obtain a fair settlement for your injuries.
- The settlement offer from workers’ comp isn’t enough to cover lost wages or medical bills. If you believe that your settlement offer is not enough to cover your expenses, it is best not to let a workers’ compensation judge make the final decision. To get the best settlement possible, you need an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.
- Your illness or injury caused permanent disability. You may have suffered a permanent disability – whether partial or total – and this prevents you from performing your job or even returning to work at all. Insurers may try to stop payments or avoid paying you a settlement.
- Your employer retaliates against you for filing a workers’ comp claim. If your employer has fired or demoted you, reduced your pay or hours, or participated in some type of discrimination because you filed a workers’ comp claim.
- Your injury occurred due to a third party’s actions or your employer’s misconduct. You are allowed compensation outside of workers’ compensation in certain situations, including when someone other than your employer contributed to your injury (for example, a negligent driver that caused a car accident while you were driving on the job), if your employer doesn’t have workers’ comp insurance, or your employer’s negligent actions caused your injury.
A workers’ compensation lawyer will know to gather the evidence needed to support your claim, as well as negotiate effectively with your employer and the insurer to make sure you get the benefits you are owed. Turn to the workers’ compensation attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers for the experienced assistance you need to get the benefits you are owed. Call us at 203-397-1283 to schedule a free consultation today.