Accidents at work happen, and no employee is perfect. You may have forgotten a safety procedure or simply made a mistake.
When you cause your own injuries, it can be easy to place the blame on yourself. However, you do not need to handle the cost of medical treatment and time off work on your own. You may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits, regardless of whether or not you caused the accident.
Workers' compensation is a no-fault system
In general, in Connecticut, workers' compensation is available to employees who are injured at work. It does not matter if you, a coworker or a third-party caused your injuries. If you are injured at work - except in limited situations - you will be able to secure compensation to help you cover medical expenses and a portion of your lose wages.
One exception: alcohol or illicit drug abuse
There is one key exception to the workers' compensation no-fault rule. If the employee's injuries were the result of alcohol or illegal drug abuse, then benefits will be denied. If the employee was using prescription medication at the time of the injury, the claim may be approved or denied. The outcome will depend on the specific facts of the case. If this issue is raised in your own case, an attorney can evaluate your claim and help you understand your options for pursuing the benefits you need.
Steps to take after an injury at work
Whether or not you were at fault, you should first report it to your employer. You should also seek medical treatment. Your employer will likely have a designated medical provider for you to see for initial treatment.
After your initial treatment, you can file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. You may also be able to select your own medical provider.
While you do not need an attorney to receive workers' compensation benefits, an attorney can guide you through the process. Additionally, a lawyer can help you with any disputes over your benefits.