Work Injury Lawyers Based in New Haven, Serving All of Connecticut
As an established and reputable personal injury law firm, 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.
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.
Connecticut 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.
Connecticut 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.
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. 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.
The Latest News
Buckley Wynne & Parese Recognized in “Best Law Firms” 2024 Rankings as Top Tier Law Firm
Posted on Nov 15, 2023
Buckley Wynne & Parese is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers has nationally ranked the firm in the 14th edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® 2024 publication. The New Haven based law firm was listed among the top metropolitan tier in the “Best Law Firms” awards list for the practice area of personal injury litigation.
Department of Insurance Flubs Opportunity to Protect Consumers. Injustice Prevails.
Posted on Aug 28, 2023
This is not the first time our Insurance Department has sought to insulate the insurance industry from legal accountability. I presume the cost benefit analysis is one premised on giving insurance companies greater latitude with regulatory compliance in order to keep jobs here in Connecticut. Whether letting insurers break our laws in order to keep jobs here makes any sense is a political calculation above my paygrade. But seeing it over and over from this side of the table is certainly frustrating.
Attorney John F. Buckley Celebrated in the 30th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
Posted on Aug 21, 2023
This year's inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2024 particularly commendable, as Best Lawyers conducted a comprehensive peer-review survey with over 13.7 million confidential evaluations. Out of nearly 25,000 voters, Attorney Buckley emerged as a clear leader in his domain. Such an accolade is indicative of the respect and admiration he holds among his peers and underscores his stellar reputation in the industry.