When an accident or injury occurs at work, an employee has the right to make a workers' compensation claim. However, navigating the various forms to be completed and requirements to be met can be confusing. Without the advice and assistance of an experienced workers' compensation lawyer, injured workers may not be aware of their right to file a claim, or not realize the full extent of benefits available to them.
Be aware there is limited time to properly file a worker's compensation claim. If you are injured at work related to a specific accident, sustain an injury from the day-to-day wear and tear on your body, or are exposed to a substance resulting in injury, contact one of our experienced workers' compensation lawyers and make a claim. At Pavano Dombrowski, we will help you navigate the workers' compensation system and obtain the medical and financial benefits you need and deserve to get back on your feet.
Fees for representing injured workers are usually contingent and limited by statute.
Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Claims
In general, injured workers cannot pursue a civil lawsuit against the responsible employer. Rather, the exclusive remedy for an injured worker is to file a workers' compensation claim. Employers are required to maintain workers' compensation insurance, and it is your right, and in many cases your sole remedy, to file a workers' compensation claim. It is important to note some exceptions to this general rule. For example, you may be able to bring a separate civil action if an injury is caused by willful or malicious actions, defective products, or from the operation of a motor vehicle. Our experienced workers' compensation lawyers can assist in identifying and pursuing any additional action, while vigorously representing your interests in the workers' compensation forum.
If you have any questions about your rights and legal options after a workplace injury, please feel free to contact our Connecticut offices for a free consultation at 860-219-0779, or contact us on line.
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When do I need an attorney?
After an accident you should seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will be able to conduct a full investigation of the accident, including obtaining photographs and statements from witnesses. The information obtained immediately after your accident will be invaluable to your claim. Witnesses are often difficult to find as time goes on. Also, insurance companies often dispute what appear to be clear cut accidents.
Selecting an Attorney
There are several factors that are important when selecting a workers' compensation attorney. First, you want someone who is knowledgeable and experienced in handling injury cases (versus an attorney who is a "jack of all trades, and master of none"). Pavano Dombrowski concentrates solely on personal injury and workers' compensation- nothing else. We have handled and successfully resolved hundreds of personal injury and workers' compensation through trial, arbitration and mediation.
You should also feel comfortable with your attorney and know that you can call the attorney at any time if you have a question or problem. At Pavano Dombrowski, although we have more than one client, we recognize that you only have one case. This means that we will return your calls (and emails) on a daily basis to answer any questions you may have.