Workers’ compensation benefits can be essential to get you up and back on your feet when you have been injured at work or to provide help with the medical treatment and costs you incur if you are unable to return to work. For that reason, if you have been injured at work in Connecticut, you should be familiar with the different types of workers’ compensation benefits that may be available to you.
Different types of workers’ compensation benefits in Connecticut
The workers’ compensation system is an important one that provides help for workers who suffer a workplace injury or occupational illness. All employers with greater than one employee are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in Connecticut. Workers’ compensation benefits are intended to help with medical costs, wage replacement, loss of function and disability caused by a workplace injury.
There are several different types of benefits available to injured workers through workers’ compensation. You should know about each of them and how to access them when needed.
Workers’ compensation benefits provide wage replacement if you have to be away from work due to a workplace injury or illness. Medical care costs, including ongoing care costs such as physical therapy, are also covered. Mileage reimbursement for medical appointments may also be available.
In addition, benefits can also include disability benefits for temporary or permanent disabilities. Injured workers can receive temporary disability benefits for up to 52 weeks. Benefits may be available for temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, permanent partial disability and disfigurement or scarring that occurs at work. Funeral costs may also be available in cases of a fatal workplace accident or illness that results in death.
Workers can be covered for a wide range of harm suffered at work including for injuries such as repetitive stress injuries and illnesses that result from toxic exposures. Most importantly, injured workers need to know how to get these benefits when they need them to help them through their recovery process.