Bristol Work Injuries Attorney
You have rights as an injured worker in Bristol, Connecticut. Let an attorney help you protect them and fight for the best possible results for your case. If an injury took you out of work, caused pain and suffering, or required expensive medical bills, our work injury lawyers are prepared to do what it takes to help you recover fair financial compensation. Contact the Law Offices of James A. Welcome today to start with a free case review.
Common Workplace Injuries in Bristol, CT
Our Bristol work injury lawyers have spent nearly two decades advocating for the rights of injured workers in our community. We know how to negotiate for maximum financial compensation for any type of accident or injury, including:
- Construction. Construction is one of the most dangerous industries, with injury risks such as falls, scaffold collapses, falling/flying objects, power tools and electrocutions.
- Farming. Farming occupations come with hazards related to equipment, heavy machinery, tractor overturns, silos, animals and overexertion.
- Installation and maintenance. Those who work in this industry, such as electricians and HVAC workers, are at risk of electrical incidents, falls and exposure to toxic substances (e.g., asbestos).
- Manufacturing and production. Jobs in factories and manufacturing plants can cause repetitive motion injuries, muscle strains and sprains, equipment injuries, back injuries, and slip and fall accidents.
- Transportation and shipping. Transportation accidents are a common cause of worker injuries and deaths in Connecticut. They include truck accidents and delivery vehicle crashes.
- Service. Jobs in the service industry, including food service, trade and hospitality, can suffer injuries and accidents such as workplace falls and acts of violence.
No matter what job you have in Bristol, Connecticut, you could suffer a serious injury while performing tasks related to your occupation. If this happens to you, it is important to discuss your options for financial recovery with a work injury lawyer as soon as possible.
How Does the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Program Work?
Most employees in Connecticut are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance pays for an injured worker’s medical bills or death benefits and lost wage replacement, up to a weekly maximum. You do not have to prove that someone else caused your work injury or illness to receive workers’ comp benefits. It is enough to show that your injury was a direct outcome of your job. However, you must report the injury to your employer immediately, get medical care and file your claim (Form 30C) within the one-year deadline.
Do You Have Grounds for a Personal Injury Claim?
Another potential source of compensation for a work injury in Bristol is a personal injury claim. You may have grounds for a lawsuit if your employer or a third party caused or contributed to the incident. If a coworker broke a safety rule at work, for example, and this gave you a serious injury, you can file an injury claim against your coworker in pursuit of financial compensation. While the amount available may be more than workers’ comp benefits, you or your lawyer will have to prove fault to receive a settlement or judgment award.
Keep in mind that if you accept a workers’ comp settlement in Connecticut, you can no longer file a lawsuit against your employer for causing your injury or a loved one’s death. This is why it is important to discuss your specific case with an attorney before signing anything sent to you by an insurance company. If after reviewing your case a lawyer believes that filing a personal injury lawsuit against your employer is the best legal option, he or she can help you with the claims process in Hartford County.
Contact Our Bristol Work Injury Lawyers Today
If you’ve been injured in a work accident in Bristol, don’t hesitate to contact the Law Offices of James A. Welcome for a free legal consultation. You may be eligible to recover compensation through one or more outlets. Our work injury lawyers can analyze the facts of your case and help you choose the right way forward. Call (203) 753-7300 today.