Work-Related Injury Lawyers in Middlebury
We Fight for the Rights of Injured Workers
At Griffin Injury Law, LLC, our legal team has decades of experience protecting the rights of workers who have been injured on the job. Our Middlebury work-related injury attorneys serve all types of employees, including truck drivers, auto mechanics, construction workers, warehouse workers, HVAC technicians, firefighters, police officers, and more.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, our lawyers can fight to help you obtain compensation for a variety of damages, including:
- Hospital bills
- Past and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
Workers’ Compensation Claims
If you were injured on the job in Connecticut, you will likely seek financial resources to cover your losses through filing a workers’ compensation claim. This type of claim, as opposed to a civil personal injury claim, is governed by the state’s workers’ compensation laws. In Connecticut, employers must provide workers’ compensation benefits to all employees, with the exception of domestic workers who work less than 26 hours a week.
The worker’s compensation system guarantees that employees who are injured on the job or who develop an illness due to being exposed to hazardous substances while working will be compensated for their losses, regardless of who is at fault. Types of damages that are covered by workers’ compensation include medical care, disability compensation, and partial wage replacement.
When Can I File an Injury Lawsuit Against My Employer?
Employers who have workers’ compensation insurance are typically protected from their employees filing a lawsuit against them to recover money for the injuries or illness. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule, where an injured worker can still file a legal claim against their employer.
The exceptions for employer immunity for work injuries include:
- The employee’s work-related injuries were caused by the intentional and reckless actions of their employer
- The employee was injured on the job by a defective product designed by the employer
- The employee developed an occupational illness from being exposed to harmful substances while working
- The employee was injured by a contractor or subcontractor hired by their employer
- The employer denies an injured employee workers’ compensation benefits in bad faith
- The employer fails to carry workers’ compensation insurance
Bringing a Lawsuit against a Third Party
In some situations, a worker’s injuries are caused by a third party (any person or entity other than their employer). When this occurs, injured workers are generally able to file a lawsuit against the third party in addition to their workers’ compensation claim. It may become necessary to file this type of lawsuit when the benefits of the workers’ compensation insurance are not enough to cover your losses.
“You were literally a shoulder for me to cry on and an ear to listen to my grievances on more occasions than I can count. Thank you for treating me more like family than a client and for being a friend in addition to a kick butt attorney!”- Lauren B.
“Mark was very concerned about my injuries and did an outstanding job handling my case. I would recommend them, Mark goes for the gold.”- Christina R.