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What should I know about workers’ comp in CT?

If you’ve been injured at your job in Connecticut, filing a workers’ compensation claim is the next reasonable step. However, this process can seem complex to many people, especially when suffering from the after-effects of your injury. WorkplaceFairness.org offers the following insight on how you can file a claim when hurt at work.

Repetitive motion injuries may qualify for workers’ comp

Workers’ compensation in Connecticut typically covers injuries caused as a result of repetitive trauma. Rotator cuff tears, tendonitis and bursitis claims often result from positions in warehouse and construction work. Repetitive strain injuries affecting the neck and shoulders, forearms, elbows, wrists and hands caused by assembly line or keyboard work may also qualify.

Defining casual employment

The general assumption amongst most in New Haven might be that any injury suffered while one is engaged in fulfilling the terms of employment is covered under workers' compensation. This thought allows you to be fully engaged in your work without worrying about having to cover any expenses that might result from a work-related injury. Many of those that we here at The Law Office of George H. Romania, LLC have worked with have come to us with this assumption, only to then be disappointed to learn that workers' compensation does not apply to every professional relationship. One such exception is cases of casual labor. 

Slip-and-fall accidents at work

There are many different risks that can result in a job-related accident. Whether someone becomes injured while working on a construction site or an office worker develops problems due to repetitive strain, there are many ways that people are hurt while carrying out their job duties. These injuries can make life very hard and may lead to a host of problems, from financial hardship to physical pain and career-related problems. Moreover, some accidents may catch a worker and an entire company off-guard, such as a slip-and-fall accident that nobody anticipated. If you were hurt in such an accident, it is crucial to understand what your options are.

Detailing "The Fatal Four"

A good number of New Haven residents find a great deal of personal satisfaction in their careers as construction workers. There is good reason for such contentment; construction workers play a vital role in community development. Yet for all of the rewards that a career in the construction industry offers, it is also rife with risks. Construction routinely ranks at or near the top of the list of the most dangerous professions. Indeed, according to statistics shared by The Industrial Safety and Hygiene News, one in 10 construction workers are injured on the job every year. 

Defining "employees" in Connecticut

No matter the nature of the work you do in New Haven, you likely head to your job each morning confident local laws ensure that you will be protected financially should something happen to you. The first question that we here at The Law Office of George H. Romania, LLC field from clients is whether or not the expenses from their workplace injuries will be covered by workers' compensation. If you have the same concern, the question you should be considering is does your employment status qualify you for such benefits? 

Ladders falls and other construction hazards

In work spaces across the country, employees are injured or even lose their lives in many ways. Unfortunately, the construction industry can be especially devastating for those who work in high places or are required to use dangerous machinery. For many construction workers, falls are a major concern and may be even more likely during the winter months when ice, heavy rainfall, fog, and strong winds can be problematic. Moreover, many construction workers are injured when they fall off of a ladder. From broken bones to other injuries that require time away from work, the impact of a ladder fall can be devastating from a physical and financial point of view.

Does workers’ comp cover carpal tunnel injuries?

If you work as a typist, construction worker or even a barista in Connecticut, you could be a candidate for a wrist injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome. In fact, anyone who uses their hands to do the same task over and over is at risk of experiencing a repetitive stress injury. 

Understanding occupational hearing loss

Are you finding that lately, you are constantly having to ask people to repeat themselves? Many think that hearing loss is something that just happens over time. However, many of those in New Haven that we here at The Law Office of George H. Romania have worked with have been shocked to discover that their jobs may be why they have become hard of hearing. Much like with a harmful chemical or substance, over-exposure to noise in the workplace can eventually take a toll on you and your ears. Occupational hearing loss may entitle you to workers' compensation to help pay for its affects. 

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