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Understanding Workers’ Compensation – Your Guide to Permanent Disability, Necessary Care, and the Hearing Process: Workers’ Compensation Podcast Part 4 of 4


In the fourth and final installment of the four-part series, Attorney Morizio discusses claims regarding permanent and total disability, disfigurement and scarring, and even death. He also discusses reasonable and necessary care as well as curative vs palliative treatment. Lastly, he touches on the role of the workers’ compensation commission and hearing processes.

If you’ve been injured at work, understanding your rights and the compensation process is crucial. The podcast, along with this guide, aims to demystify the complex issues surrounding workers’ compensation claims, from permanent disability to necessary medical care, and the role of the workers’ compensation commission.

  1. Workers’ Compensation Claims: Key Categories

Permanent and Total Disability

Permanent and total disability (PTD) refers to injuries that completely prevent you from performing any gainful employment. Understanding PTD is essential as it determines the extent and duration of compensation you may receive. This type of claim requires thorough documentation of your inability to work and might involve long-term financial support.

Disfigurement and Scarring

Injuries leading to significant disfigurement or scarring can also be grounds for workers’ compensation. These claims address the more visible impacts of your workplace injury, and compensation may be provided to cover both physical and psychological effects.

Death Benefits

In the unfortunate event that a workplace injury leads to death, workers’ compensation provides benefits to the surviving dependents. Understanding the scope and limits of these benefits can help ensure that the family receives the financial support needed during such a difficult time.

  1. Reasonable and Necessary Care: Curative vs. Palliative Treatment

When dealing with workplace injuries, distinguishing between curative and palliative treatments can impact the types of care covered by workers’ compensation.

Curative Treatment

Curative treatment is aimed at healing or curing your injury. It includes surgeries, therapies, and other medical interventions designed to restore your health and ability to work. Workers’ compensation typically covers these treatments fully, recognizing their necessity in recovery.

Palliative Treatment

Palliative treatment focuses on managing symptoms rather than curing the injury. This might include pain management and other interventions that help improve quality of life, even if they do not lead to complete recovery. Coverage for palliative care can be more complex, requiring clear justification of its necessity for maintaining your well-being.

Ensuring Reasonable and Necessary Care

It is essential to document all medical treatments and have them deemed reasonable and necessary by your healthcare providers. This documentation supports your claim and ensures coverage for the full spectrum of required medical care.

  1. The Role of the Workers’ Compensation Commission and Hearing Processes

Workers’ Compensation Commission

The Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) plays a crucial role in overseeing claims, ensuring that the process is fair and just for all parties involved. The WCC reviews claims, mediates disputes, and enforces orders related to compensation.

Hearing Processes

If disputes arise regarding your claim, the hearing process can be an essential step in resolving them. Here’s what to expect:

  1. Filing a Claim: Start by filing your claim with the WCC, ensuring that all necessary documentation is included.
  2. Pre-Hearing: Before the actual hearing, there may be a pre-hearing conference to discuss the issues at hand and explore settlement options.
  3. Hearing: During the hearing, both sides present evidence, and an administrative law judge hears testimonies from medical experts, witnesses, and the injured party.
  4. Decision: After reviewing the evidence, the judge will issue a decision regarding the compensation claim.
  5. Appeals: If either party disputes the outcome, there is a process for appealing the decision within the workers’ compensation system.

In Summary:

Understanding the key elements of permanent disability, necessary medical care, and the hearing process can empower you to secure the benefits you deserve. Always keep meticulous records, seek appropriate medical care, and don’t hesitate to consult with a board certified workers’ compensation specialist if necessary.

Being informed and proactive can make a significant difference in the outcome of your claim and help you focus on what matters most; your recovery and well-being.

Contact A Stratford, Connecticut Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Attorney today.

Have questions about your workers’ compensation claim or any topics covered in this podcast? Contact a board certified workers’ compensation attorney at the Morizio Law Firm today at 475-338-3505 to answer any questions you may have about your specific situation.

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