Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Let Us Fight For Your Compensation
Have you been seriously injured while on the job? You deserve to receive compensation to help in your recovery. At the Law Offices of James A. Welcome, we proudly offer quality representation to individuals who have been hurt while on the job, or families whose loved ones passed away in tragic workplace accidents.
Our firm is comprised of talented legal professionals who stand ready to ensure that you, as a victim, have your rights protected and receive the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you know has been hurt or killed in a workplace accident, do not hesitate to contact a respected Connecticut workers’ compensation lawyer from the Law Offices of James A. Welcome right away.
How the Workers’ Compensation Process Works
There are many steps involved in the process of filing for workers’ compensation in Connecticut, all of which we can help you with at the Law Offices of James A. Welcome.
Generally, the workers’ compensation process is as follows:
- The injured employee must provide his or her employer with notification of the injury. This type of notification is typically provided to the manager. If the injured party is hospitalized, this formal notification can be waived.
- Upon receiving an employee’s notification of injury, the employer is expected to submit a formal report to the state workers’ compensation board. At this time, the employer should also notify the workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
- Once the workers’ compensation insurance carrier receives notification of the injury, the insurance company can begin paying the employee’s medical bills. Part of the payment from the insurance provider should also be a percentage of the injured employee’s average income per week. These payments are made through temporary disability checks.
In some cases, the process may be carried out differently, beginning instead with an employee visit to the doctor’s office. In such cases, the doctor may ask the employee to fill out a workers’ compensation form and the doctor will notify the employer and the insurance company of the injury.
It is important to note that you have a limited amount of time to bring a claim against your employer and you should get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible to make sure you take advantage of this opportunity.
Common Workers’ Comp Injuries We Can Help With
Workplace injuries come in all shapes and sizes and, depending on your workplace, may be caused by faulty equipment, unsafe premises, or repetitive motions. The Law Offices of James A. Welcome is experienced in helping employees who have suffered the following accidents, which are all too common in Connecticut workplaces.
- Falls: When you’re working on scaffolding, ladders, and roofs, your employer has a responsibility to keep you safe. A fall from a considerable height can cause broken bones, internal damage, or severe brain injury and could result in permanent disability.
- Caught-In or -Between Hazards: Identified by OSHA as one of the four most dangerous construction site occurrences, this danger is exactly what it sounds like. When workers are trapped
between machinery or moving parts, they may suffer broken bones and other injuries.
- Toxic Exposure: If your workplace doesn’t provide information about toxic or otherwise hazardous chemicals that you may encounter, along with proper training and protective gear
as required by OSHA, you and your coworkers may be at risk. Even when correct procedure is followed, chemical exposure can have serious short- and long-term consequences.
- Heavy Machinery Accidents: Forklifts, cranes, and other large machines pose a risk to both operators and nearby workers. Loads can come loose and hit or pin people, and communication gaps can result in collisions with on-foot workers the operator cannot see.
- Equipment Rollovers: Bulldozers, excavators, and backhoes are likely to tip over and injure their operators and anyone in their path. Uneven or bumpy driving surfaces may knock these machines off-balance, as can uneven loading or unloading.
- Defective Machinery Accidents: Bad wiring, low-quality materials, or lack of safety features can make heavy machinery even more dangerous. If a machine operator loses control of their equipment, multiple people’s safety is at risk.
- Malfunctioning Power Tools: Made to easily perform high-force operations much more quickly than humans can, power tools have the potential to cause serious injuries in a short time. If poorly designed or defective products make it to the workroom floor, employees may suffer eye injury, burns, or even amputation.
- Falling Object Injuries: Dropping a penny from a tall height is less dangerous than myth tells us, but heavy tools, building materials, and the like can cause severe head injury when they’re dropped on those below.
- Building Collapse: You may suffer a back injury or worse when unsound practices or defective materials cause an in-progress building to collapse. Severe force to the wrong parts of your spine can even cause quadriplegia or paraplegia.
- Falling Hoisted Loads: Improper lifting techniques or weight overload may result in a load that comes loose. Though safety regulations suggest keeping personnel away from load lifts, on-the-ground employees must help secure and receive loads—and are therefore at risk should the worst happen.
- Faulty Rigging, Cables, or Ropes: Items used to lift heavy loads face degradation over time. When they break, workers underneath the load may be hurt; in worst-case scenarios, a dropped load could trigger a bigger workplace accident.
- Electrocution: Our bodies are conductors, meaning when we come into contact with an uninsulated electric source, the energy can flow through our body. This can result in burns, tissue damage, or even cardiac arrest. Bad wiring or overburdened circuits endanger workers at all office places, not just on construction sites.
- Fires and Explosions: Electricity is just one of the factors that can lead to a workplace fire. Compressed gases, combustible dust, or flammable liquids can cause fast-spreading blazes or even explosions at the slightest spark.
- Welding Burns: Welding without proper protective gear or equipment can result in UV damage or cause combustible items to catch fire. If not filtered properly, the UV rays created during welding could damage your vision permanently.
- Hearing and Vision Loss: Ongoing exposure to suboptimal environments can cause hearing or vision reduction or loss just as well as a one-time injury. The loss of one of your senses can be devastating to your ability to perform your job and to your independence.
- Heavy Lifting Injuries: Constantly being asked to load or transport heavy objects can stress your muscles and skeleton. Workers may strain or sprain backs and wrists, pull muscles, or develop cumulative trauma injuries such as joint damage. Lifting too-heavy loads can also result in spinal injuries that require ongoing and in-depth treatment.
- Construction Site Death: Construction worker deaths account for around 20% of the annual workplace death toll in America. Many of these deaths are preventable by proper safety standards. OSHA’s “fatal four” for construction workers include falling, being struck by an object, being electrocuted, and caught-in or -between hazards.
If you were injured in one of these ways, or have a family member who died after a tragic workplace accident, we may be able to help you win compensation to cover medical costs, missed work/loss of support, and other long-lasting expenses resulting from a workplace injury.
Contact the Law Offices of James A. Welcome
We are highly experienced in handling a variety of complex workers’ compensation cases and will use our knowledge of the law to your advantage. Our founding attorney, Mr. James A. Welcome, has numerous awards and accolades that stand as a testament to his commitment to clients, such as being selected for inclusion in the 2013 – present lists of Super Lawyers®. In addition, Attorney Welcome has been Avvo® rated for industry recognition, professional conduct, and experience. He has numerous successful case results and pleased clients.
The Law Offices of James A. Welcome is here to help. Contact us today.