When an employee is injured on, or becomes ill from, the job, he or she becomes eligible for a number of statutory benefits. As well as necessary medical treatment and monetary benefits (covered on the previous two pages in this section), the Workers' Compensation Act provides for a number of additional benefits, including those listed below. In addition, a number of further benefits are provided by statutes "outside of" the Workers' Compensation Act for both municipal and state employees.
[NOTE: Numbers cited indicate the applicable section(s) of the Workers' Compensation Act, Connecticut General Statutes, or the state's Administrative Regulations.]
Vocational Rehabilitation [31-283a]
If you cannot return to your usual work because of a significant permanent physical impairment, you may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation. If you are eligible, your rehabilitation program will be paid for by the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Rehabilitation Services.
Health Insurance Coverage While Receiving Benefits [31-284b]
A requirement that private sector employers continue their portion of insurance coverage(s) for workers’ compensation recipients was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court on 12/14/92 in the case of District of Columbia vs. Greater Washington Board of Trade and also on 4/28/93 in three similar cases in the Connecticut Supreme Court.
As a result, the Workers’ Compensation Commission will not schedule any hearings on 31-284b (employer’s continuation of insurance coverages), except for those involving municipal or state employees, whose cases it believes to be exempt from the Supreme Courts’ decisions.
Protection Against Discharge or Discrimination [31-290a]
Employers are prohibited from discharging or discriminating against employees who exercise their rights under the Workers’ Compensation Act. A Workers’ Compensation Commissioner can award job reinstatement, lost wages, reestablishment of employee benefits, and attorney’s fees, and can also assess civil penalties for violations.
Notification of Benefit Discontinuation [31-296]
Your employer or workers’ compensation insurance carrier must notify you, by certified mail, of its intent to discontinue benefits, with a Form 36. You have ten (10) days in which to contest such a notice by calling the Workers’ Compensation Commission District Office having jurisdiction over the city or town in which you were injured and requesting an “Emergency Informal Hearing.
You are NOT advised to contest a discontinuation notice, unless a physician will confirm in writing that you continue to be totally disabled from work. If you do request a hearing to contest a Form 36 discontinuation notice, benefit payments MUST continue at least until the date of the hearing.
Benefits Under Group Medical Policy [31-299a]
If an injured or ill employee’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits is contested and payments are therefore not paid, the employee should apply for and receive whatever medical treatment and benefit payments are available under any group health, medical, or hospitalization plan or policy under which he or she is covered. Such a group health, medical, or hospitalization plan or policy MUST pay whatever benefits are due under the plan’s or policy’s terms and CANNOT deny payment by claiming that responsibility for payment lies with the workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
If the employee receives such benefit payments from such a plan or policy while the claim’s compensability is being contested, the employer cannot use that payment as a defense to a compensation claim.
Artificial Aids Covered [31-311]
Employers are liable for payment of damages to artificial legs, feet, arms, or hands sustained by their employees in the course of employment (consisting of the cost of the artificial aid’s repair or replacement).
Repair or replacement of eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, and artificial teeth is also covered, when damage to such aids is accompanied by bodily injury about the face or head.
Other Benefits Provided by Other Connecticut General Statutes
For Employees of Municipalities:
The Connecticut General Statutes provide benefits for elected or appointed municipality officials, municipal paid firefighters, municipal paid police officers, supernumerary police, volunteer ambulance personnel, volunteer firefighters, and volunteer police officers.
For Employees of the State of Connecticut:
The Connecticut General Statutes also provide benefits for General Assembly members, hazardous duty for certain state employees, motor vehicle inspectors, state police, teachers assaulted in the line of duty, and other State employees.
For More Information . . .
. . . please call your local Workers' Compensation Commission District Office or Education Services at 1-800-223-WORK (toll-free in Connecticut).
State of Connecticut
Workers' Compensation Commission
Page last revised: May 22, 2001
Page URL: http://wcc.state.ct.us/gen-info/if-injured/otherben.htm