The Connecticut Workers' Compensation System . . .
covers almost all employees, including minors, non-citizens, and part-time employees, regardless of occupation, business size, duration of employment, or number of hours worked per day (except for those working around a private home for not more than twenty-six hours per week).
is a no-fault system of insurance in which private insurers or self-insured employers pay benefits to an injured employee, even if the accident was the employee's fault or the employee was born with a medical condition which predisposed him or her to the injury or increased its severity.
is designed to help workers injured on the job or with an occupational disease by providing all necessary medical treatment; weekly benefits while disabled; vocational rehabilitation, if necessary; and additional benefits for scarring, disfigurement, and permanent physical impairment.
gives coverage that cannot be signed away, except (a) by officers of a corporation or partners operating partnerships who request in writing to be excluded from coverage or (b) as the result of a stipulated settlement of an individual claim that is approved by a Commissioner.
denies compensation for injuries resulting from substance or alcohol abuse.
establishes a system of Commissioners who hold hearings to resolve disputes in workers' compensation cases.
provides free self-help informational materials: publications, this website, and information via a toll-free WATS telephone line.
[NOTE: Employees injured or ill due to a work-related accident or to working conditions are ONLY eligible for benefits under the Workers' Compensation Act and are prohibited from suing their employers for benefits, unless they can prove that their employers intended to cause them injury. (However, employees and/or employers may sue a third party, if they believe that another party or a product was responsible for an employee's injury or illness.)]
The information in this website is meant to provide you with basic information only. Additional benefits may also be available.
After reading the information presented here, please call your local Workers' Compensation Commission District Office or Education Services at 1-800-223-WORK (toll-free in Connecticut) for further information.
State of Connecticut
Workers' Compensation Commission
Page last revised: October 20, 2005
Page URL: http://wcc.state.ct.us/gen-info/if-injured/aboutwc.htm