The first two days after an injury can be overwhelming. You’ve started to panic because you realize you can’t work and if you don’t work you won’t get paid, and if you’re not paid there is there is no way you can pay your bills.
Retaining a lawyer is a smart way to go. Their fee will come from the monies they can obtain for you from Worker’s Compensation. It is possible for you to handle this yourself, but much of the paperwork is tricky and if you’re not at your best it will cost you.
You have a year from the date of injury to file the 30C. This alerts your employer that you are filing a claim and that the Commissioner of Worker’s Compensation may order them to pay you compensation while you are unable to work, and also to cover your medical bills.
An attorney is paid 20% of whatever monies she or he can obtain for you. If you don’t retain an attorney, you can keep 100% of wage compensation, but you will be guessing if your claim is winnable in the first place and that you will be able to successfully navigate and negotiate everything by yourself. Remember, you will need to attend every Worker’s Compensation hearing, for example, where you will be facing a lawyer representing the other side, your employer’s side, who is trying to get your compensation denied, diminished, or ended.
On that Form 1-A, make sure you list your children and spouse. We do not get hurt alone; our families are hurt, too.
I guess it is obvious by now that I think that anyone in Connecticut who is hurt at work should have a lawyer. Your job is to heal and get your life back on track, and ours is to deal with all the forms and deadlines, calls and correspondence, medical bills, court hearings and negotiations.
We want you well and happy again!