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Workers' Compensation

What is workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation is available to anyone in Connecticut who has been injured on the job. It doesn't matter whether you are currently working or whether you have been retired for a long time, as long as the job was the cause of your injury then you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Any injury caused by your work is potentially eligible for workers' compensation benefits, but you generally must file your claim within three years of being diagnosed with an injury or illness (an even shorter deadline may apply in some cases).

Workers' Compensation Benefits

Workers' compensation benefits are generally available for three types of injury:

  1. disability caused by the injury;
  2. permanent injury to a specific body part (e.g., 20% permanent disability of each lung); or
  3. scarring on the hands, face or neck, or scarring that interferes with a person's ability to do his job.

Workers' compensation benefits are calculated based on your more recent wage, even if that wage was from many years ago. If you have been retired for a long time, an adjustment is made to bring your old wages up to a current rate so they are a fair reflection of your loss.

Other Topics in this Section

For more information about your rights to Workers' Compensation, please browse through these additional topics below:

  • Types Of Work Related Lung Injuries - There are a number of work related lung injuries that may qualify for workers' compensation benefits. Find out what they are.
  • Occupational/Jobsite Hazards - Learn about the occupations and jobsites that have the highest rate of reported lung injuries.
  • Connecticut Workers' Compensation - We have represented clients in workers' compensation claims who have worked in companies throughout Connecticut. Find out more.
  • Legal Representation - At ELSM we are aggressive attorneys who will fight for your workers' compensation rights. Learn more about what to expect when working with our law firm.
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