If you were working and suffered an injury, something you’ll want to do is to make a claim for workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation may provide you with a portion of your lost wages as well as support to cover the cost your medical expenses. Workers’ compensation can also provide vocational rehabilitation support, allowing you to retrain for a different position if you can return to work but not to your old job.
The process of seeking workers’ compensation can be complex and, in some cases, time-consuming. As a victim, you have up to a year to make your claim. To start your claim, you’ll need to file your 30C form with your employer.
How long will a workers’ compensation claim take?
Connecticut’s workers’ compensation claim process is relatively straightforward. After you’re hurt, you need to let your employer know as soon as you can. This will give you the best opportunity to make a successful claim.
After that, you have up to a year from the time of the injury to pursue the claim. If you don’t know about an occupational illness until later, you’ll have up to three years from the first sign of the symptoms of a disease or illness to make a claim.
Once you start your claim, the process of investigating the claim begins. Your employer must begin making payments to you within 28 calendar days “without prejudice” if they choose not to dispute your claim. If they do dispute your claim, you may be given a written notice of a denial. If you receive this, you do have a right to appeal that decision.
If your claim is contested, you’ll need to prove that the injury is work related. This takes place at an Informal Hearing. While your claim is disputed, you can file for benefits through your group health insurance or disability program.
It’s possible to fight back against denials. Many people choose to work with legal counsel, which is allowed. You have a right to retain an attorney if you need to go to an Informal Hearing, so you can build a strong case for the benefits you deserve.