When you are injured at work you are entitled to receive weekly wage loss benefits, and to have your medical bills paid by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured At Work?
- Report your injury immediately to your supervisor.
- Ask your employer for a form entitled “First Report of Injury (Incident)”.
- Complete that form and obtain a copy of the completed form.
- Seek medical treatment.
- Call the Law Office of Lori M. Comforti
Who Will Pay My Medical Bills?
The workers’ compensation insurance company will pay your medical bills.
What Wage Loss Benefits Am I Entitled to Receive?
- Temporary Total Disability Benefits – you are unable to perform any type of work
- Temporary Partial Disability Benefits – you are unable to perform your regular job but you could perform a job with restrictions, commonly known as “light duty”
How Much Will My Weekly Check Be?
The amount of your weekly check for Temporary Total Disability and Temporary Partial Disability benefits will be less than your regular weekly wages. The amount you receive will be an based on an average of the gross wages earned for the 52 weeks worked prior to the date of your injury. Your marital status and the number of dependents you have will factor into this calculation.
Can My Employer Fire Me While I Am Unable to Work?
The simple answer is yes. Your employer can fill your position if you are unable to return to work and perform your full duty job in a timely fashion. The loss of your employment will result in the loss of any health insurance benefits you received through your employment. If you do lose your job, the workers’ compensation insurance company is still responsible to pay your medical bills for treatment of your work injuries and to pay any weekly benefits you are entitled to.
Where Are Workers’ Compensation Claims Handled?
Work injuries which occur in New London and Windham Counties are handled by the Workers’ Compensation Commission office at 55 Main Street, Suite 450 in Norwich (860-823-3900). Work injuries which occur at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Foxwoods Casino are handled at the Workers’ Compensation offices located in each casino.
Do I Need An Attorney?
Yes. The law of workers’ compensation is complicated. Undoubtedly, you will experience great stress due to your injuries, a loss of income, and your inability to work. The workers’ compensation insurance company will more often than not increase your stress by delaying your medical care which delays your ability to return to work and risks the loss of your job, and not paying your weekly benefits timely. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney will insure that you get the proper medical care you need to get back to work, and the weekly benefits you need to pay your bills.