Monday, December 22, 2014

I Was Hurt at Work in Connecticut. Now What?

If you get hurt on the job, what do you do next? It’s a common question that each Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Attorney at The Law Offices of James F. Aspell, prepared to discuss anytime you have a question about the Workers’ Compensation system. When an accident occurs, there are four things you need to take care of immediately after being hurt ont he job. Following these four steps can help you prepare a Workers’ Compensation case. Report your injury to your employer immediately Your employer should provide you with medical treatment. They need to file a First Report of Injury Form with their workers’ compensation insurance carrier, and with the Workers’ Compensation Commission. If you delay reporting your injury, it greatly increases the chance that it may be disputed. Get prompt medical attention Your employer should send you to the company medical facility, a walk-in clinic, a hospital, or a designated physician for your initial medical treatment. As of March 25, 1993, your employer or your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier may establish a medical care plan to provide medical treatment for workers’ compensation claimants. If your employer has a designated medical provider, you must accept such initial treatment. File an official claim as soon as possible Filing a “written notice of claim” puts your claim on record. A 30C Form is best for this purpose, and is available from any District Office, or the Workers’ Compensation Commission. The statute of limitations for filing a compensation claim for an accidental injury is one year from the date of the injury. For an occupational disease, it is three years from the first manifestation of a symptom. If your employer wants to dispute your claim, you must receive official written notice of a denial (describing the reason(s) for it), or your employer must begin making workers’ compensation payments “without prejudice” within 28 calendar days. Contact your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier, if you don’t get a benefit check within two weeks of becoming disabled To start payments, the insurance carrier needs the First Report of Injury Form and a wage statement from your employer, a medical report from your physician confirming that your injury is work-related, and that you are disabled by it. The insurance carrier also needs to know your federal tax filing status, and the number of exemptions shown on your federal tax return. If only the wage statement is missing, the carrier can usually send an advance payment until it comes in. In my practice, I make it our priority to get you the money you need to get back on your feet in the shortest amount of time. Each Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Attorney at our firm knows how hard you work, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure your rights to compensation are protected.

Monday, October 27, 2014

We have a page on our website, reproduced below, which explains what we can do for you in you are injured at work in Connecticut. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of lawyers and the Connecticut Worker's Compensation Commission to explain to injured Connecticut workers what our worker's comp law covers, misconceptions remain. I am often heard spouting my favorite phrase: "Worker's comp is a statutory benefit." A worker's comp case is not a car accident case. You cannot recover for pain and suffering even though you may have terrible pain from your work injury and be suffering greatly. You cannot recover because you cant pay your bills. You cannot recover for your family member having to cook for you or clean for you. You can only get what the Connecticut Worker's Compensation Act, Title 31 of our statutes, says you can get. That is where we come in. I promise to you that I will fight with every fiber of my being to get you all the benefits that statute says you are entitled to. Your life depends on it. My livelihood depends on it. If you have been hurt on the job in Hartford or somewhere else in Connecticut, give me a call. Come in and talk to me. It is free and no obligation. If I can help you, I will. If I cant I will politely
tell you so. In the meantime, please read the provided material below. Hartford Workers' Compensation Attorney Worker's Compensation Claims Legal Help in Connecticut Don't let myths and misconceptions prevent you from getting full compensation and the benefits you're owed - talk to a Connecticut Workers' Compensation lawyer Workers can get less than they are owed from Connecticut's workers' comp simply because they don't know their rights or the proper procedures. Don't let an early mistake deprive you of your right to make a claim. Contact the Law Office of James Aspell, PC, immediately after your injury for a free consultation and professional legal help. Your employer has a lawyer whose job is to minimize the company's cost. You should have a workers' comp lawyer, too. You may not know that: Your employer will not file your claim on your behalf. You cannot be forced to settle your workers' comp claim. At the Law Office of James F. Aspell, P.C., we have been protecting the rights of Connecticut workers with work comp claims for 25 years. Our attorney, James F. Aspell, is a Board Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation through the Connecticut Bar Association. We have represented thousands of working people injured in construction, health care, trucking, factory, and other work settings. We also represent police, firefighters, and state employees who may be entitled to additional benefits. Get Your Medical Bills Paid • Get the Treatment You Need As your Connecticut workers' compensation lawyer, we will: Help you file proper and timely claims with your employer and the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission Work with your doctors to develop the medical aspects of your case Handle all required paperwork accurately and ensure all deadlines are met Represent you in any hearings or appeals before the Connecticut Worker's Compensation Commission Because of our many years representing clients throughout Connecticut, we have developed a reputation with the Workers' Compensation Commissioners for fairness and objectivity. The credibility and respect we have earned with the Commission is good for our clients when they need an advocate in the workers' comp system. Contact our West Hartford Workers' Comp law office for prompt legal help in filing or defending your Connecticut workers' comp claim. Your initial consultation is free.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Choosing a Hartford, Connecticut Worker's Comp Lawyer

Connecticut work injury lawyers and paralegals at The Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C. have resolved thousands of work injury and on the job death claims in Connecticut. In fact, more than half of our personal injury law cases come from on the job injuries. What’s more, the Hartford law firm of James F. Aspell, P.C. is Board Certified as Specialists in Connecticut worker's compensation law. Only 52 lawyers in the state hold this designation. The time after an on the job death or on the job injury can be difficult. In addition to the physical and emotional injuries you face, choosing the right worker's comp accident lawyer to represent you can be overwhelming. This choice should always be based on your potential lawyer's experience and proven results. And you should ask each law firm you speak with these important questions… Are the lawyers in the firm board certified Connecticut worker's compensation lawyers? Have they received recognition of their accomplishments from their peers? Do they have significant worker's compensation trial and worker's compensation appeal experience? Do they have the resources necessary to really help you? At The Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C. we take the time to learn about your workplace accident, your injuries, and your concerns. We are dedicated to fighting on your behalf and earning you the justifiable compensation and peace of mind you deserve. If you sustained injuries or have lost a loved one because of an on the job or work accident in Connecticut, you want to find a worker's compensation lawyer as soon as possible after the accident to ensure that you have enough time to file your claim within the state of Connecticut's required timeline. We know how intimidating it can be to contact a lawyer and begin a claim. let our work accident lawyers put your mind at ease and make you feel more comfortable. At The Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C. our reputation is built on proven results and customer service. We care about our clients, and take the time to explain the process every step of the way and keep you informed on your case. Our practice is, and always has been, devoted to protecting the rights of work injury victims. The work accident lawyers at The Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C. have such extensive experience working in on the job accidents that we have broken our practice area down into the more specific categories above. Even if your Connecticut work accident claim does not fit perfectly into one of these categories, just give us a call at our offices in West Hartford, CT at 860-523-8783 to discuss your potential case in more detail with our Connecticut work accident lawyers. We are standing by and ready to help. Don't hesitate- contact us today to receive your free, no obligation, personalized consultation!>

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Connecticut Worker's Compensation Benefits

Employees who are injured on the job in Connecticut may pursue benefits through the state's workers' compensation system. The Workers' Compensation Act states that all employees are covered, regardless of full- or part-time status, from the first day of employment. There are several different types of benefits that may apply. In most cases, the primary concern is the provision of medical treatment benefits. If medical treatment benefits are applicable, the employer is responsible for choosing the medical facility, and the employee designates the attending physician. Permanent partial disability benefits may apply in a situation where an employee has suffered partial, permanent loss of the use of one or more body parts as a result of an on-the-job injury. If an employee is able to work after an injury but not able to perform the same type of duties or work for the same number of hours, then he or she may be eligible for temporary partial disability benefits of up to 75 percent of the difference between current earnings and previous earnings. Those who are totally disabled may be eligible for temporary total disability at the rate of 75 percent of previous weekly earnings. Both of these benefits are calculated on an after-tax basis and are subject to other limitations. The Connecticut workers' compensation system may also provide job retraining benefits for employees who are unable to return to their previous jobs. If a previous work injury or illness recurs later, the employee may be eligible for relapse or recurrence benefits during the period of relapse. In some situations, discretionary benefits may be available after all of an employee's PPD benefit has been paid. Discretionary benefits are awarded on a case-by-case basis following an informal hearing. A workers' compensation attorney may be able to provide advice regarding the types of benefits that may apply in a particular work injury case or assist with the filing and pursuit of claims. Source: State of Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission , "Information Packet", October 11, 2014 Please call our Hartford Worker's Comp Injury Law firm at 860-523-8783 for a free discussion of your case.

Physician heal thyself

There is an epidemic of Connecticut orthopedists, primarily back guys, who do not wish to get involved in helping injured Connecticut workers if their injury is over a year old. I'm sorry. Did they tell you there was a one year limitation period on helping people when you went to medical school? If I ran the Connecticut worker's compensation commission I would send these practices a strongly worded letter indicating that if they wish to be allowed to treat worker's comp injuries, they need to take all comers. If I picked and chose my clients the way these guys do, most of them would find themselves without a lawyer, and that's not something I will let happen. If you need a Hartford, Connecticut worker's comp lawyer, give us a call. I will help you out.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Connecticut Construction Site Accidents

Construction sites are arguably the most dangerous work sites due to the type of work being done. Construction involves heavy duty tools and equipment and without the property safety precautions, accidents can result in devastating injuries. The site owner or manager is often responsible for making sure the workers are fully trained and provided with the proper safety equipment. Unfortunately, negligence of construction site owners happens and workers can suffer because of it. Some of the common types of construction accidents include: Slip & fall, trip & fall and other falls Machinery accidents Crane accidents Electrical accidents Scaffolding accidents Chemical accidents Falling object accidents There are countless causes and reasons behind the occurrence of these accidents, but as an injured worker you can fight for compensation. Defective products and equipment is one of the leading causes of an accident. Whether it is a defective ladder, power tool or piece of safety equipment, the potential injuries are endless. The most common type of construction accident is a fall; 300 out of 1,000 construction worker fatalities each year are due to falls. It is imperative to have the proper harness equipment and protection to keep workers safe on a construction site. If you have been injured in a construction accident, it is important that you seek medical attention right away. In order to pursue damages, you will need to report the accident to your employer. After doing so, you need to preserve evidence of the accident by taking photographs and collecting witness information. Witnesses can provide information about the accident and help you create a strong case. Team up with a Hartford construction accident lawyer
from the Law Offices of James F. Aspell, PC if you are an injured construction site worker. Our firm offers a free case evaluation so you can discuss your case with us at any time. We have more than 25 years of experience representing injured victims and we can help you, contact u

Pre-Existing Conditions and Connecticut Worker's Compensation

The Compensation Review Board has recently decided a case involving the "aggravation" of a pre-existing condition by the work environment. Their decision may have significant impact on a number of Claimant's. Please call us at 860-523-8783 for a free discussion of your matter,