Waterbury Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you sustained severe injuries or your loved one was killed in the job in Connecticut, it is in your best interest to quickly retain legal counsel. You could be difficult to file a workers’ compensation claim for medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
The Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) holds hearings to resolve disputes in workers’ compensation cases in the eight District Offices located throughout Connecticut, and District 5 is located in Waterbury. The WCC states that it administers state workers’ compensation laws with “the ultimate goal of ensuring that workers injured on the job receive prompt payment of lost work time benefits and attendant medical expenses,” but many people face delays or denials even when they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you with an underlying workers’ compensation claim. Our firm can also conduct an independent investigation of your accident to determine if any additional parties may be held liable in separate civil actions.
We understand the confusion and stress that is common among people injured on the job. You can have our Waterbury workers’ comp attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (203) 437-6190 to set up a free consultation.
Do I Need A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
The first reason to hire an attorney is to immediately improve the chances of your application for benefits being improved. An experienced lawyer will be able to identify any potential issues and take corrective measures quickly.
Another advantage to working with an attorney is that you will be able to have your accident independently investigated to determine whether any parties other than your employer can be held accountable. While Connecticut workers’ compensation laws prohibit employees from filing lawsuits against their employers, third parties are not afforded this immunity.
These types of additional actions can be especially helpful to some victims, as workers’ compensation benefits are only a portion of a person’s usual earnings. Separate legal actions can allow victims to recover compensation in addition to these benefits.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents people who have been injured on the job in various industries. Our firm will fight to help you obtain all of the compensation you are entitled to.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins has more than 30 years of legal experience and has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. The attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have over 140 years of combined legal experience, and our firm received the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015.
Mr. Perkins is a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, and Waterbury County Bar Association. He is admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as well as state courts in Connecticut and New York.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has helped clients recover hundreds of millions of dollars. Our attorneys will come to speak to you in your home or hospital room if you cannot visit our office.
You should also know that Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers provides legal representation on a contingency fee basis, which means that you only pay if you receive a financial award. You can schedule a no cost, no obligation consultation when you call (203) 437-6190.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Cases We Handle
Workers’ compensation provides numerous types of benefits, such as:
- Medical Treatment — While the employer can designate a medical facility for the initial treatment of an injury or illness, the employee can always choose their attending physician.
- Temporary Total Disability — When an employee is totally disabled from a work-related injury or illness, they may receive a benefit rate of 75 percent of their after-tax-and-Social-Security average weekly wage, based upon the wages they earned.
- Temporary Partial Disability — When an employee can perform some kind of work but not the same type of work or the same number of hours they worked before their injury, they 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.
- Permanent Partial Disability — When an employee suffered a permanent, partial loss of use of a body part(s) because of their work-related injury, the specific body part that was injured, the attending physician’s determination of the percentage of that body part that has been disabled, and the employee’s basic compensation rate determine awards in these cases.
- Relapse or Recurrence — When an employee suffers a relapse or recurrence of an original injury or illness, they can be entitled to benefits for the period of relapse. Compensation is the employee’s basic compensation rate at the time of the original injury or illness or their new rate based on their salary at the time of the recurrence, whichever is higher.
Other kinds of benefits include discretionary benefits and job retraining. Discretionary benefits can be granted to individuals after they have been paid all of their Permanent Partial Disability.
The Workers’ Compensation Act provides for vocational rehabilitation for employees unable to return to the type of work which caused their injury or illness. Some employees could be eligible for job re-training from the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Rehabilitation Services.
Workers’ Compensation: Facts and Figures
There were 57,472 injuries or illnesses and 28 fatalities in the fiscal year 2015, according to the 2014-2015 Annual Report of the Workers’ Compensation Commission. The WCC also reported there were 45,330 informal hearings, 702 formal hearings, and 7,849 pre-formal hearings. These cases resulted in 21,644 voluntary agreements, 7,240 stipulations, 1,976 awards, and 138 dismissals.
There were more than 36,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported among Connecticut’s private industry employers in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
According to BLS, 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. An estimated 67 percent of DART cases in Connecticut were incidents that resulted in at least one day away from work.
Contact a Waterbury Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
Did you sustain serious injuries or was your loved one killed on the job in Connecticut? Do not delay in contacting Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers.
Our firm can help you determine all of your possible paths of recovery. You can have our Waterbury lawyers review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call (203) 437-6190 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.