Updated November 20, 2014
Welcome to the State of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission Website
The Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) administers the workers’ compensation laws of the State of Connecticut with the ultimate goal of ensuring that workers injured on the job receive prompt payment of lost work time benefits and attendant medical expenses. To this end, the Commission facilitates voluntary agreements, adjudicates disputes, makes findings and awards, hears and rules on appeals, and closes out cases through full and final stipulated settlements.
Injured At Work?
Here’s what to do, if you have a work-related injury or illness.
You may also want to download our Information Packet (PDF file: 1.7 MB), which contains comprehensive information and the 30C Form you can use to make an official claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
What’s Available Online?
Our website is comprised of more than 4,800 web pages and downloadable documents, including News of Connecticut’s workers’ compensation system, Memorandums issued by the Workers’ Compensation Commission Chairman that affect the daily operation of the workers’ compensation system, and an RSS Newsfeed to which you can subscribe as a free and convenient way to keep abreast of workers’ compensation-related updates.
Agency Forms are available in Portable Document Format (PDF) and can be filled out online and printed. Our online forms also have the capability to save any data you type into them—all you need in order to use this extended functionality is the free and easy-to-use Adobe® Reader® software program (version 7 or 8).
Publications are also available in Portable Document Format (PDF), including Annual Reports, Benefit Rate Tables, informational Handbooks, Statute Books, and more!
Statutes and Regulations
The Workers’ Compensation Act (also known as Chapter 568 of the Connecticut General Statutes) was first enacted in 1913. There have been numerous changes to the Act since that time, but the main premise of the Act has always been to provide wage replacement and other benefits, as well as medical treatment, for those employees who have been injured, disabled, or killed while performing their jobs.
The Act also sets up an administrative system to provide for workers’ compensation benefits by creating the Workers’ Compensation Commission as the agency to administer the provisions of the Act. Part of implementing those statutes includes issuing Regulations that affect the operation of various aspects of the workers’ compensation system.
Related Statutes from other chapters of the Connecticut General Statutes also play a part in some workers’ compensation cases.
Hearings and Appeals
The Commission holds hearings to resolve disputes in workers’ compensation cases in the eight District Offices located throughout Connecticut.
The Commission’s Compensation Review Board (CRB) hears and rules on appeals from hearings initially held in the Districts. A new feature we are pleased to make available online is a collection of CRB Calendars that you can view and print to follow the Board’s upcoming hearing activities.
We also publish the Opinions that are issued from appeals—Opinions from October 1, 1994 to the present are available on our site. Annotations of all CRB Opinions—from 1980 to the present—are also available as a research aid.
Additional Commission Services
In addition to its quasi-judicial duties, the Commission performs a number of related duties. Education Services provides information about the workers’ compensation system through this website, our toll-free telephone information service, publications, and more.
Both injured workers and employers may benefit from the offerings of Rehabilitation Services, which assists eligible injured workers to return to the state’s workforce.
Our Safety & Health Services unit assists employers with implementation of the workers’ compensation regulations regarding “Establishment and Administration of Safety and Health Committees at Work Sites.”
The Commission’s Statistical Division measures and monitors the Commission’s caseload and performance, and also researches insurance coverage and injury and claims data.
Agendas are posted for public meetings of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board and Workers’ Compensation Commissioners.
The Commission is also charged with administration of several types of “licensing.” The first of these is the granting to qualifying employers in the state the right to operate an approved Medical Care Plan (sometimes called a PPO) to provide medical treatment for their employees’ work-related injuries and illnesses.
Second, the Commission reviews and approves applications for Self-Insurance plans in which employers insure their state-mandated workers’ compensation liabilities themselves, rather than through purchasing insurance coverage from commercial insurance carriers.
Need help finding something?
In addition to the links on this page, you can find specific pages on our site using either the Index (which lists pages alphabetically) or the Site Map (which shows pages categorized by general topic area).
Have a Suggestion?
It is an honor to serve you, our online customers—if you have an idea for information to be included on our site or for a feature that would make the site more useful, feel free to send us a suggestion by email.