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Construction sites pose risks for Connecticut workers

Construction sites are well-known for the dangers they pose not only to visitors and passers-by, but also to the women and men who work on them. When a construction worker is injured on the job while performing their duties, filing a workers' compensation claim is typically the only recourse available to the worker. In Connecticut, the construction industry accounts for a large percentage of the workers' compensation claims filed in the state each year.

Warehouses can be dangerous workplaces for Connecticut workers

Any workplace can be dangerous for the folks who are on the job there. Of course, some industries, like health care and construction, are considerably more dangerous and account for a higher proportion of workers' compensation claims than others. In recent months, warehouses that fulfill orders for online retailers, such as the Amazon facilities in Windsor and Wallingford, have drawn the attention of regulators and worker safety watchdog organizations. Amazon will break ground on a new, 855,000 square foot fulfillment center in New Haven this summer.

Fighting for injured workers in Connecticut

When one is injured on the job, the only way they will be able to recover medical expenses and lost wages is typically by filing a claim through workers' compensation. Although, it may sound straightforward, filing a workers' compensation claim is not always as clear-cut as it may seem. This is largely due to the fact that when one makes a workers' comp claim, they are essentially making an insurance claim.

Connecticut not shifting workers' compensation burden to SSDI

Residents who are injured doing their jobs generally must rely on the workers' compensation system for medical and financial assistance. In some cases though, the workers' compensation benefits may not be sufficient to cover the lost wages or meet the financial needs of the injured employee. In such instances, an injured or disabled worker may also be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) from the federal government.

In Connecticut, hospitals more dangerous than construction sites

When people think of workplace accidents, they probably conjure up images of construction sites, manufacturing plants, or fishing boats. But in Connecticut and elsewhere, folks who work in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities run a greater risk for workplace injury than those employed in construction or manufacturing jobs. The incidence of injury is similar across all types of health care facilities, public or private, union or nonunion.

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