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Can my employer fire me for applying for workers compensation?

If you like your job and your employer, you may feel hesitant about bringing up an injury you received at work. But, there's no need to fear.

Worker's compensation was developed to benefit employers and employees. Here's how.

Would I be suing my employer?

Workers' compensation is actually a type of insurance that your employer purchases to keep from being held liable for employee injuries. Because your employer is already paying for this coverage, applying for benefits won't cost them anything more.

After getting hurt on the job, you should apply for workers' compensation benefits to cover the costs of your medical bills and lost wages while you recover. Except for a select few types of work, workers' compensation is an employee right in the state of Connecticut.

Does it matter whose fault it is?

You may be inclined to believe that you shouldn't be allowed workers' compensation if the accident that caused your injury was your fault. However, this is also just a common misconception. Workers' compensation insurance essentially removes fault from the equation, meaning it doesn't matter if the accident was the employee or the employer's fault.

However, in order to get approved for workers' compensation benefits, the circumstances of the accident do need to align with certain requirements.

What do I need to do to get approved for benefits?

There are many circumstantial factors that affect whether a claim for worker's compensation benefits are approved. For example, the accident that caused the injury must be work-related, as defined by workers' compensation law.

Afterward, you'll also need to get a diagnosis from a doctor. The injury itself must keep the employee from working for at least seven days before the first three days out from work are compensated for.

To learn more about whether your at-work injury qualifies for workers' compensation and what you can do to strengthen your claim, consult with a professional who knows the in's and out's of workers' compensation law. An attorney can guide you through the process and even help defend you if your claim is denied.

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