Effective Accident Claim

Effective Accident Claim

Common misconceptions about workers’ comp

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Trying to unravel the complex aspects of workers’ compensation is all the more challenging while you are recuperating from an injury. However, doing so is necessary because those benefits can be a necessary lifeline.

Mistakes or misunderstandings during the process can lead to reduced benefits or missing out entirely. For those reasons, you should clear up any misconceptions about getting workers’ comp in Connecticut.

Misconception 1: You cannot get benefits if the accident was your fault

A common misconception is that workers’ comp benefits are only for incidents where the employer or a third party is at fault. On the contrary, workers’ comp generally covers any injuries and illnesses that relate to on-the-job accidents, no matter who is at fault.

Connecticut’s “no-fault” system does not penalize you if you accidentally caused your own injury. If it happened while performing work tasks, you can receive benefits.

Misconception 2: You lose benefits if you leave your job

Eligibility for these benefits does not depend on your job status. Even after lawful termination, you might still receive benefits from your original claim. This distinction is important, especially if your injury prevents you from working.

Misconception 3: Your employer can get away with firing you for a workers’ comp claim

In employment law, workers’ comp claims are protected benefits. Getting fired or any retaliation for making a claim is a serious violation of these rights.

However, an employer might still look for reasons to fire employees, sometimes by citing different excuses, such as a larger restructuring. If you sense your layoff was retaliation, you should document everything leading up to the termination. Proving that your firing was due to your claim can allow you to seek justice.

In Connecticut, the workers’ comp system is a robust mechanism that can provide a safety net for injured employees. In a world where anyone is just a step or two away from a potential workplace accident, understanding the truth ensures that a worker can get the appropriate compensation for recovery.