Work Injury Lawyers Serving Portland, CT
As an established and reputable personal injury law firm serving the residents of Portland, BWP is dedicated to helping people who have been injured at work.
Every year, more than 4,500 workers are killed in accidents in the workplace, one-third in transportation and highway accidents, one-fifth as a result of workplace violence, one-sixth in falls, and one-sixth in equipment or machinery collisions. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
If you have suffered an injury on the job or as a result of the errors, omissions of your employer, contact Buckley, Wynne & Parese.
Portland, CT Work Related Injuries
Buckley Wynne & Parese is committed to providing victims and their loved ones with exceptional legal service. If you have been injured at work and you believe a third party is at fault, contact us immediately. We will help you find answers, seek justice and get you back on your feet. A senior partner will meet you anywhere and at any time, whether that’s a hospital, a home, a restaurant, or the office for a free, confidential consultation.
Portland, CT Workers’ Compensation
In accordance with the Workers’ Compensation Act, which was first enacted in 1913, employers in Connecticut must provide their employees who are injured at work with the appropriate benefits. It is a “no-fault insurance system” meaning the employee is entitled to these benefits regardless of who or what is to blame for their accident.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits Include:
- Medical Costs
- Disability Benefits
- Partial Compensation for Lost Wages
- Job Retraining
- Death Benefits for Family Members
To view the State of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission Information Packet, click here: https://wcc.state.ct.us/download/acrobat/Info-Packet.pdf.
Portland, CT Workers’ Compensation & Third-Party Responsibility
Due to the Workers’ Compensation Act, an employee is generally barred from suing their employer for on-the-job injuries. There are certain limited situations where a claim may be possible. However, there are many situations where you can seek further compensation in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits. These circumstances arise when your injuries were a result of a third party’s intentional, negligent and/or reckless conduct.
Third-Party Liability Examples
- Car Accidents- If you were hit by another vehicle while driving a company car or performing work-related tasks during work time.
- Construction Sites- Construction sites are often comprised of people working from many different companies. As a result, most injuries arise out of another company’s negligence (i.e. safety violations, makeshift railings, exposed wiring, unstable scaffolding) and often result in third party claims.
- Premises Liability- Common examples of when employers are injured on properties not owned by their employers:
- Slip & Falls on Ice
- Defective Sidewalks, Roadways or Stairwells
- Dog Bites
Additional Benefits of a Third-Party Claim Include:
- Future Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish & Distress
- Physical Limitations
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life’s Activities
Buckley Wynne & Parese Wants to Help
Third-party claims involving workplace injuries are often contested, highly technical and vigorously defended. Disputed issues can include who was really at fault, contributory negligence, comparative fault and issues related to causation. Buckley Wynne & Parese has the necessary knowledge and experience to guide you through the process and maximize your recovery. Unlike the “no-fault” system of workers’ compensation, you must prove legal responsibility in third-party claims. Call us immediately before speaking with an insurance representative. We will meet you at your Portland home or business.
Contested Elements of a Third-Party Claim
- Preponderance of Evidence
- Duty of Care
- Breached Duty of Care
- Breach of Duty Caused Injuries
- Worker Suffered Losses
Buckley Wynne & Parese endeavors to use our time and resources to help get you back on your feet. It is important that you contact us as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation in Portland. Many time limitations exist to successfully pursue these claims.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Your legal fees are paid on a contingency fee basis unless otherwise specified. That means that we are not paid unless we recover compensation for you.
A slip and fall action is a type of personal injury lawsuit filed by a plaintiff who has been injured by a slip and fall, usually on the defendant’s property. Examples of very common slip and fall plaintiffs include the grocery store patron who slips on a spill or a piece of food laying on the floor, and falls, causing injury to himself; and a hotel guest who slips in the shower and injures her back in the process.
The plaintiff in slip and fall cases must usually show that the owner of the property had notice or knowledge of the condition, and failed to clean it up and rectify it within a reasonable amount of time. If the plaintiff slipped on a grape that had been lying on the floor for two hours, and the manager of the store had walked past it and inspected it five times before asking someone to clean it up, liability is likely.
If the plaintiff has knowingly encountered a hazard, then he or she may have trouble holding the defendant liable. For example, if a hotel guest squirts baby oil onto the floor of the shower; steps into the shower and attempts to do the jitterbug; and then falls and breaks an ankle, liability on the part of the hotel is highly questionable. However, if the cleaning staff in the hotel repeatedly tells management that the non-skid treads in the bathtub for room 212 are missing and the hotel fails to replace them, the hotel may be liable for damages to a guest who is injured.
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