Connecticut: Injured Worker Wins Employer Retaliation Case

For the second time in less than three years a Connecticut railroad company has been reprimanded by OSHA for retaliating against injured workers.  In the newest case, Metro-North was fined and made to take corrective actions after an employee from Meriden, Conn. was disciplined after suffering from an on the job injury.  After reporting the company for a 10-day suspension following the injury the man was given another 30 day suspension.

OSHA agreed that the second suspension was unwarranted and awarded the injured employee $75,000 plus legal fees.

The other case against Metro-North was settled in 2009 when it was found that four employees were retaliated against after being hurt at work.  Two of the employees were injured while working in Connecticut.

As experienced workers compensation attorneys we have seen too many injured employees suffer in silence instead of defending their rights.  They do so because of the fear of retaliation, as seen in the above cases.  If you have been hurt at work you have the right to file for workers compensation without the fear of being reprimanded or fired.  Contact a workers’ comp lawyer today for your free consultation.  You have rights.  Let’s fight for them.

Connecticut’s Workers Compensation System- Is It Broken?

Skyrocketing workers compensation insurance costs.  Injured workers going without compensation for months, even years, after their on the job accident.  Employers who bribe injured employees not to file for workers comp.

These reasons, and many like them, are why so many Connecticut workers rights advocates believe that the states workers compensation system is in need of a serious overhaul.

The newest workers compensation news is not good.  On January, 1 2011, many employers will see their workers compensation insurance rates increase dramatically.  Average increases will be 5.8 percent.  However, some will see their rates increase by 31 percent.

As workers compensation attorneys and advocates of injured workers we have to wonder what this means for workers in Connecticut.  For some, it may mean the loss of hours, certain benefits, or their job.  For others it may mean strong pressure not to report on the job injuries.  Employers have been known to bribe or intimidate injured workers into not reporting a workplace accident and injury.  This is dangerous to employee rights and can have serious financial and physical consequences for the employee.

Though advocates have vowed to fix the Conn. workers compensation system, injured workers cannot wait.  If you have been injured at work do not let your employer take advantage of your situation.  Contact your experienced, aggressive workers comp attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren for your free consultation.      

Multiple Workers Injured During Separate Conn. Construction Accidents

In Connecticut a total of five workers were injured in two separate construction accidents this month.  All injured workers sustained injuries that are considered serious.  Both accidents involved the failure of a structural support beam.

The beam that fell at the construction site at Yale University in New Haven pinned one employee after striking a mechanical lift that held two workers.  The other beam fell into a large trench during a collapse, striking one worker in the head.  Both accidents are being investigated by OSHA.

These serious accidents bring attention, however tragic, to the dangers of construction work and the importance that construction companies follow proper safety procedures.  Though we cannot speak to the safety guidelines at these specific sites, we do know that too often owners, managers and supervisors put the lives of their employees at risk.  Safety guidelines are meant to keep workers safe and prevent on the job injury and death.  Though true accidents do happen, we often find that an “accident” at work was actually caused by a lax adherence to proper safety measures.

After being hurt at work there are many things that go through your mind.  Though your recovery should your only concern, your time off of work and potential of diminished earning capacity can weigh heavily on you and your family.  When you are ready to fight for your rights as a worker, to get the compensation you deserve, contact your experienced workers comp attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren for your free consultation.

Workers comp claims vary greatly. Are you prepared to file in Conn.?

While the most common types of workers compensation claims in Connecticut include stress injuries and car accidents we too often deal with workplace accidents that cause the death of an employee.

recent shooting at a beer distributorship in Manchester, Ct. has the employer’s insurance company and teamsters working to ensure that the family members of those who lost their loved ones understand their rights.  The family members of nearly any worker who loses their life while at work have one year to file a workers’ compensation claim.

Your Connecticut workers compensation attorneys are here for you, especially at such a difficult time in your life.  Though the thought of filing a claim on behalf of your husband or wife can be difficult it is important that you do so in a timely manner.  If you need help please contact an experienced, compassionate attorney at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren for your free consultation.

Injured Workers and Firefighters in Norfolk Highlight Workplace Danger

The collapse of a condominium in Norfolk, CT was nearly tragic for multiple construction workers and firefighters.  Fire rescue personnel worked for over an hour to free an injured construction worker from the crushed building.  Some of the firefighters suffered minor injuries during the rescue efforts.

Both the jobs of firefighter and construction worker come with some inherent risks.  We know that both jobs often require strenuous labor and the possibility of dangers working conditions.  As workers compensation attorneys our job is to look closely at the inherent risks and determine what steps could have been taken to avoid injury.  We want to protect the rights of injured workers and prevent further safety violations.

If you have been injured at work you have to ask yourself: Is there something my employer could have done to help prevent this injury or illness?  If you believe that the answer is yes then please contact an experienced workman’s comp attorney at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren today for your free consultation.  With offices in Rocky Hill, Brooklyn, Storrs and Mansfield, Conn. we are here for you where you need us, when you need us.  Let us fight for you.  Please call today.  1.800.999.2020.

Suffering after an on the job injury in Conn.? You are not alone.

As we see all too often, workplace accidents and injuries disable, even kill, hundreds of workers in Connecticut each year.  Injuries range from a sprained wrist to a serious and debilitating back injury. 

An on the job injury can cause you to lose more than a paycheck or two.  You may be unable to return to the job you once held.  Even if you go back to work, a serious workplace injury can leave you in constant pain and without the compensation to pay for ongoing and expensive therapy and surgeries.

If you have been injured while at work you have the right to be compensated for more than lost wages. According to Connecticut law you may be eligible for medical and surgical bills, physical therapy, medical equipment, mileage to and from medical appointments and any permanent disability.

If you are having a hard time filing for or winning your workers comp claim in CT pleasecontact your experienced workers compensation attorney at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren today.

Are you a Connecticut worker who has been injured at work?

If so you are certainly not alone.  This month we featured an article about theviolence reported by health care workers across Connecticut.  Hospital staff members are at high risk of both slip and fall injuries and injuries stemming from violence at work.

A recent shooting at an area medical facility highlighted the issue of violence in hospitals.  Orderlies, nurses, janitors and doctors are often at risk of violence at the hand of patients.  According to nurses, being spit on, slapped, even punched are common place.  The issues is even more serious than hospital incident reports indicate.  Low-level violence such as hair pulling is often not reported as it happens so often.

Unless a heath care worker is seriously injured minor attacks are often ignored.  If a police officer is spat upon or slapped the perpetrator is arrested.  Not so in a hospital setting.  Patients are very rarely disciplined or charged with assault.

When you add the this the fact that hospital workers often slip and fall at work it becomes clear that working in the heath care industry can be very dangerous.

If you have been injured at work you do have the right to file for workers compensation.  You should never be intimidated into not filing an accident report form or for working through an injury.  If you need help winning your CT workers compensation claim please contact your Connecticut personal injury attorney at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren today for your free consultation.

Injured in a fall at work in Connecticut? You are not alone.

According to a recent report falls while at work have surpassed homicide as a top cause of worker death.  Though falls from a height, such as from a ladder, off a roof or scaffolding are the most deadly, slipping and falling while on the ground is also an all too common cause of injury.

Slips and falls, both from an elevated surface or while on the ground injure and disable thousands of workers in Connecticut and across the country.  While any job can carry a risk of slipping and falling hospital employees are particularly at risk.

By its very nature a hospital is a place where slippery liquids often make their way onto the floor.  In addition, medical equipment such as assistive and monitoring devices are often in the way as heath care workers go about their day.

If you are a nurse, orderly or janitor who has been injured on the job please ensure that you receive proper compensation for your injuries.  If you need help filing for workers comp pleasecontact your CT workers compensation attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren today for your free consultation.

Injured at work? You may need a CT Workers Compensation Attorney.

The tragic industrial accident in Middletown, CT has shaken a community and taken the lives of seven workers.  It cannot be overstated how sad and sobering this event was.  What is most disturbing is the possibility that the companies overseeing the construction project did not do enough to protect their employees.

lawsuit filed on behalf of two injured electricians asserts that workers were not warned of the dangers of the purged gas.  Investigators are pointing to this purged gas, in combination with live electricity, active welding and a gas fueled torch heater as possible reasons for the massive explosion.

The questions that this lawsuit and others like it must answer are: What could the companies in question have done to prevent the explosion?  Were workers warned of the potential for a deadly explosion?  Did supervisors and managers do all they could to prevent the accident?

Only time will tell if the injured workers filling the suit are able to recover from their injuries and receive the justice they deserve.

The families of the workers who lost their lives are in our thoughts every day. The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost a loved one.  We sincerely hope that the injured workers are able to heal quickly and fully from their injuries.

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