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Workers’ compensation: What are the employee’s responsibilities?

When you leave home for work, you hope to fulfill your duty to your employer, collect your paycheck and retire home to your loved ones. However, every workplace comes with its share of challenges. Falls, overexertion, being struck by a moving object or an illness that is attributable to your work can all greatly impact your life. 

If you sustain an injury or contract an illness due to the nature of your work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. However, to get the compensation you deserve, there are a couple of things you need to do. Here are some of them:

Report the injury and file your claim in time

The journey to making a successful workers’ comp claim begins with informing your employer about your injury in time. In Connecticut, an injured worker is required to report their injury to the employer as soon as possible. 

Alongside reporting the injury, it is also important that you file your claim in time. Again, Connecticut workers’ compensation law requires that you file your claim within 12 months from the date of the injury (or three years from the first symptoms of an occupational illness). 

It is extremely important that you observe this deadline. If you do not, then you risk forgoing the compensation you deserve regardless of the strength of your case. 

Seek treatment and follow through with the treatment plan

When you sustain an injury or incur an illness at work, it is imperative that you seek treatment as soon as you can. This will ensure that your injuries are properly documented for purposes of pursuing your claim. 

Additionally, it is important that you follow through with your treatment plan as recommended by your doctor. Missed medical appointments or ignored treatment routine can greatly damage a potential claim.

Depending on the severity, a workplace injury can turn your life upside down. Learn more to understand how to pursue a workers’ compensation claim and get the benefits you need.

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