Workplace Accidents Attorney Old Lyme, CT

Have you gotten hurt at work in Old Lyme? In Connecticut, the workers’ compensation system provides injured or ill workers with financial benefits to assist with their recovery from a work-related injury or illness. While employers and insurers can make securing the benefits the law provides challenging, you don’t have to pursue your claim alone. Instead, you can turn to the team at Holth & Kollman, LLC, for help. Contact us today for a free initial case review with a work injury attorney serving Old Lyme, Connecticut, and demand the benefits you’re entitled to by law.

Why Choose a Workplace Accidents Attorney from Holth & Kollman, LLC?

When you’ve suffered a work injury or occupational illness, you shouldn’t have to deal with the stress of pursuing workers’ compensation benefits on your own. For decades, workplace accident victims have turned to Holth & Kollman, LLC, for workers’ comp claim assistance in Connecticut because:

  • Our firm has over 50 years of experience advocating for the rights and interests of clients who have suffered severe injuries and illness on the job. We understand the challenges you may face during your recovery and work hard to provide the close support you need during this trying time.
  • We keep our clients regularly updated on the progress of their cases and communicate as often as they like. We will maintain close communication so you never feel in the dark or unsure of what to expect at each stage of the claims process.
  • Our legal team has the knowledge and insight necessary to build a compelling case strategy based on the circumstances of each unique claim. This approach will help us pursue the results you want and deserve.

We offer a compassionate environment based on trust and respect. We want you to feel safe and supported by legal advocates who will fight for a better future for you. Your attorney will provide honest, straightforward advice throughout your case so you can make informed decisions at each stage.

Common Types of Work Accidents and Injuries

At Holth & Kollman, LLC, our legal team assists hardworking people who have suffered harm in workplace accidents such as:

  • Slip/trip and fall accidents
  • Falls from heights
  • Construction accidents, including scaffolding accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Fires and explosions
  • Entanglement accidents
  • Crush accidents
  • Toxic exposure
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Overexertion
  • Workplace violence

Various work-related injuries and illnesses may entitle an employee to request workers’ compensation benefits from their employer. Examples of qualifying conditions include:

  • Severe lacerations or degloving injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Ligament sprains/tears
  • Muscle or tendon strains/tears
  • Repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or bursitis
  • Herniated spinal discs
  • Nerve damage
  • Whiplash
  • Burns
  • Internal organ injuries and internal bleeding
  • Facial injuries
  • Vision/hearing loss
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic amputation/dismemberment or limb loss
  • Viral/bacterial infection and disease
  • Chronic health conditions caused by toxic exposure, such as asbestosis or cancer

Understanding the Workers’ Compensation System

The Connecticut workers’ compensation system affords employees of covered employers defined financial benefits if they suffer a work injury or occupational illness. Workers’ compensation operates as a “no-fault” system, meaning workers do not need to prove that their injury or illness occurred due to their employer’s negligence or fault. Instead, workers can qualify for benefits by establishing that their injury or illness arose during work. However, the workers’ compensation law makes filing a workers’ comp claim an employee’s exclusive legal remedy from their employer. As such, employees typically cannot file a personal injury claim against an employer or a co-worker for a work-related injury.

Types of Available Workers’ Compensation Benefits in CT

Depending on the type and severity of injuries or illness you suffer due to your work, you may have the right to receive various benefits afforded by the workers’ compensation system, including:

 

  • Medical benefits: Workers’ compensation can cover the cost of all reasonable and necessary medical treatment, rehabilitation, and pain management of a work injury or occupational illness.
  • Temporary total disability: Workers who cannot work due to work-related injury or illness can receive wage replacement benefits equal to 75 percent of their after-tax average weekly wage, calculated according to the worker’s wages in the 52 weeks before their injury/illness.
  • Temporary partial disability: A worker who can return to limited, lower-paying work during their recovery can receive reimbursement for 75 percent of the difference between the worker’s current after-tax wage and their pre-injury after-tax average weekly wage.
  • Permanent partial disability: Workers who suffer permanent, partial loss of use of a body part can receive financial payments based on the affected body part(s), the percentage of disability as determined by a physician, and the worker’s basic compensation rate.
  • Relapse/recurrence: A worker who suffers a relapse or recurrence of an old work-related injury or illness may resume receiving workers’ compensation benefits during relapse or recovery, with benefits based on the worker’s after-tax average weekly wage at the time of recurrence.
  • Discretionary benefits: When workers exhaust their permanent partial disability benefits, an administrative law judge may exercise their discretion to grant additional financial benefits.
  • Job retraining: Workers who cannot return to their previous job(s) may obtain vocational rehabilitation to learn a new trade or employment skills.

Other Financial Compensation Available in Workplace Accident Claims

The worker’s compensation system protects your employer from most negligence-based lawsuits filed against them by employees. However, if a third party unaffiliated with your employer bears responsibility for your work injury or illness, you may have the right to pursue a third-party personal injury claim in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.

A third-party personal injury claim can provide you with compensation beyond that provided by workers’ comp, including for:

  • Long-term care costs
  • Full reimbursement of lost wages
  • Loss of future earning potential
  • Pain and suffering

However, your employer or their insurer may have the right to reimbursement from your third-party injury claim for any workers’ comp benefits they’ve already paid you. A personal injury lawyer serving Old Lyme, Connecticut, can evaluate your legal options and help you maximize your financial recovery.

What Steps Should You Take After Suffering a Work-Related Injury/Illness?

Taking prompt action after a workplace accident can help protect your right to receive workers’ compensation benefits and other financial recovery. You can do so by taking the following steps:

  • Notify your employer in writing about your injury/illness as soon as possible after a workplace accident or the onset of symptoms.
  • Seek immediate medical treatment and follow your physician’s recovery plan. Your employer can designate the medical facility where you will receive treatment; however, you have the right to select your attending physician.
  • Request copies of your medical records of your treatment/rehabilitation and written copies of any medical restrictions on your working ability.
  • Gather your pay stubs or income statements if you miss time from work or earn less in a light-duty position.
  • Keep records of any out-of-pocket medical expenses you incur.

Finally, contact a workplace accidents attorney from Holth & Kollman, LLC, as soon as possible to get help securing the financial benefits you need and deserve.

How Long Do You Have to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

The Connecticut workers’ compensation system encourages workers to report work-related injuries or illnesses to their employers immediately. However, a worker has one year after suffering a work injury or three years after the first symptoms of an occupational illness to file a formal claim with the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission. If you fail to notify your employer promptly about a work injury or illness, or to file a formal claim with the WCC, you may jeopardize your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.

Don’t risk this possibility. Act now to protect your rights.

How Long Do You Have to File a Truck Accident Lawsuit?

Under Connecticut’s statute of limitations, you typically have two years after a truck crash to file a lawsuit against the at-fault truck driver or trucking company. Contacting a truck accident lawyer from Holth & Kollman, LLC, can help you file a claim before this deadline passes. If you file a truck accident lawsuit after the limitations period expires on your claim, you may lose the opportunity to hold the party or parties at fault for the crash accountable for your injuries and losses.

Contact Holth & Kollman, LLC, to Discuss Your Legal Rights

If you’ve suffered a work-related injury or illness in Old Lyme, Connecticut, you deserve to recover financial benefits and compensation that can assist you as you heal so you can get back to work. Let Holth & Kollman, LLC, pursue them on your behalf. We are proud to serve injured workers in Old Lyme from our office in nearby New London, and we are ready to get to work on your case immediately. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let’s review your rights today.