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Outlining the workers’ compensation process

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

Since the creation of the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Act in 1913, the act has been evolving to constantly meet the ever-changing needs. The goal of the act, however, has always been to ensure the recovery of an employee injured on the job.

What the process looks like

For an employee to successfully receive compensation, the employee needs to make sure that they follow the process as closely as possible. This is a summary, supplied by the state, of what the process entails:

  1. The employee reports their injury or illness to their supervisor.
  2. The supervisor must then report the injury or illness to Connecticut’s third-party administrator. Gallagher Bassett Services (GBS) is the organization that oversees the claim process.
  3. GBS will then approve or contest the employee’s claim.

From here, the procedure goes in one of two directions:

  1. If GBS approves the claim, the employee will receive benefits based on the nature and severity of their injury or illness. The duration and value of the benefits vary between each unique case.
  2. If GBS contests the claim, either party can request a hearing to have the claim approved or denied. If GBS then approves the claim, any medical debt the employee accrued during this process can go through the employer’s insurance.

While the list here seems simple enough, your claim process can take weeks or months to settle. By taking on the guidance of an experienced attorney, you can help protect your best interests and expedite the process.

Do not wait to pursue your claim

The sooner you file a claim for compensation, the sooner you can receive your compensation. Act today to speak with a lawyer to see if you qualify for compensation and what you can do to navigate the claims process.