If you have been injured on the job in New Haven or Waterbury—a sprained back from lifting too many heavy boxes, a hand injury caused by a malfunctioning piece of factory equipment, even carpal-tunnel syndrome from typing for hours on end at a computer—you may wonder whether you are technically eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Are you an undocumented immigrant? A contractor, rather than a full-time employee? Are you concerned that something that happened away from the job, or a preexisting medical condition, may have contributed to your injury?
The fact is that, when it comes to filing a workers’ comp claim in Connecticut, the most important thing you can do is to promptly obtain a diagnosis from a reputable doctor and then file the necessary paperwork with your employer and the state.
It’s true that there are a lot of gray areas in the law, as mentioned above, and that the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission may or may not choose to entertain your claim. In the meanwhile, though, you may be responsible for thousands’ of dollars worth of doctor and hospital bills (even if you’re lucky enough to have insurance), and you can be sidelined from your job for weeks, during which your employer may refuse to pay you, even at a reduced wage.
A Connecticut workers’ compensation claim can also take a long time to settle, which is why it’s important to consult a knowledgeable lawyer sooner rather than later.
James A. Welcome is a Connecticut workers’ comp lawyer with an extensive history representing people injured at work in Waterbury and nearby towns. His years of experience, plus his multilingual staff, make him an excellent choice to aggressively pursue your claim. Call James today at (203) 806-7922 to get the process started!