To an injured worker, a claim for workers' compensation benefits may be clear. If their injury happened while they were on the job, doing tasks that were assigned to them by their employer, they may fail to see how their claim could possibly be denied. However, it is an unfortunate fact that some Connecticut workers experience just this dilemma when their claims are rejected, leaving them with no financial support.
After suffering a workplace injury, a New Haven resident must report their harm to their employer. The reporting should be immediate, but if the worker must seek immediate medical attention to preserve their health and welfare, the reporting may be slightly delayed. Non-emergency incidents should be reported immediately, and workers who delay in the reporting of their harm may face challenges later on when they work to receive workers' compensation benefits.
An on-the-job injury can force a New Haven resident to miss time from work and to lose the pay they need to meet their obligations. When such accidents and incidents happen, workers may have options to seek workers' compensation to get relatively quick payments to keep them going until they can get back to their jobs.
In order to build a tall structure, a construction project may begin with the digging of a hole. This is because many buildings require foundations and sufficiently stable bases in order to bear the weight of the structures that will be built on top of them.
Thousands of times each day, Connecticut residents engage in breathing even when they are not aware of doing so. The body of a healthy individual prompts the person to take inhalations and exhalations to provide the system with the oxygen it needs and to rid it of the substances it must release. Breathing is a necessary part of maintaining life, and when it is compromised, a person's health can quickly deteriorate.
It does not matter what industry that a Connecticut resident works in: there is always a way that they could suffer a dangerous fall while on the job. Though it may seem more common for individuals employed in the construction and manufacturing fields to be more prone to injuries from falls, a fall can happen to anyone, wherever their job takes them.
It is a misconception to believe that the only types of injuries that construction and warehouse workers face are those that result from large-scale events, such as falls, crushing injuries and heavy equipment incidents. In fact, individuals who work in these lines of employment may suffer serious workplace injuries that parallel those often suffered by office and desk workers. Workers in a variety of fields can suffer repetitive stress injuries and can lose time from their jobs because of them.
Citizens of Connecticut generally enjoy a higher quality of life than do citizens of many other states. In fact, a survey of the safest states was conducted and published by the website WalletHub and ranked Connecticut sixth overall among all states. In spite of its high overall ranking, however, Connecticut ranked only 22nd in the survey's "workplace safety" ranking. Clearly, this indicates that there is plenty of room for the state's employers to improve job conditions in Connecticut.
In AFL-CIO's annual "Death on the Job, The Toll of Neglect" report, 2016 data indicated that Connecticut was home to the safest workplaces in the United States. During that year, the latest for which statistics have been compiled, 28 people died on the job in Connecticut, resulting in a fatality rate of 1.6 deaths per 100,000 workers. The national rate, by comparison, was 3.6 deaths per 100,000 workers. Rhode Island had the second lowest fatality rate at 1.8 per 100,000 workers, followed by California at 2.2 per 100,000.
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.