Workers' Compensation Attorneys in Connecticut

Have you been injured on the job? Has your workers' comp claim been delayed or denied? The workers' compensation attorneys at Berman & Russo help people who have suffered workplace injuries in Connecticut. To serve our workers' compensation clients better, we maintain a meeting offices in Hartford, Middletown, and Avon in addition to our main office located in South Windsor.

Call Berman & Russo today at (860) 288-2328 or (866) 761-8561 to learn more about our workers' compensation representation.

Our Hartford-area workers' compensation lawyers help injured employees get through the sometimes-difficult workers' compensation process. We investigate the workplace accident, document the nature and extent of the work injury, and present persuasive claims to the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission.

Are you an office or factory worker suffering from a back injury? Have you been injured in a construction site accident? Are you a police officer, corrections officer or fireman injured at work?

We seek compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and any disability resulting from permanent injuries. Our personal injury team evaluates the future effects of your injuries. We also take on claims involving the aggravation of pre-existing conditions. Over the years, we have successfully handled thousands of workers' compensation claims. We would be happy to help you with your workers' compensation claim too.

Berman & Russo represents workers in all trades and professions. We advise clients that have sustained an injury on a wide variety of job sites, including: factories, construction sites, schools, office buildings, machine shops, hospitals and nursing homes.

Our experienced workers' compensation lawyers handle claims involving improper ergonomics, hazardous work environments, fall down injuries, repetitive stress, and injuries from frequent lifting, bending, stooping, etc. We have handled thousands of workers' compensation claims, involving:

  • Repetitive trauma injuries - including back injuries
  • Occupational illnesses - including chronic asthma and allergies
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Injuries from Falls
  • Accidents which worsen pre-existing or degenerative injuries
  • Heart Attacks
  • Mold exposure

You do not pay us any attorney's fees unless we obtain compensation for you.

Third-party claims

In some cases, in addition to a workers' compensation claim, you can seek compensation for your injuries and for your pain and suffering against a third party who caused your injury, so long as it is not your employer or a fellow employee. Your damages in such a third party lawsuit are not restricted by the compensation limitations of our workers compensation statutes. An example of a third-party claim would be a claim against a driver who negligently hit you while you were driving in the course of your work duties. In such a case, you could have a claim for workers' compensation benefits against your employer as well as a claim against the negligent driver in the car accident.

If you're collecting workers' compensation, be careful about unreported income

Part-time wages or self-employment income might need to be reported to your workers' compensation insurance carrier. If you've been collecting such outside income, you should discuss the situation with an experienced attorney first. Under certain circumstances, workers' compensation fraud can be punished as a felony in Connecticut. If you have any questions or doubts about your right to work in any capacity while collecting workers' comp benefits, call a lawyer at Berman & Russo to learn about your legal rights and obligations.

If you are currently receiving workers' compensation benefits, your employer or its' workers' compensation carrier may be watching you!

If you work part-time or receive income from self employment, you may have to report such income or wages to your workers' compensation carrier. You should discuss any concerns about this first with an attorney. You don't want to be accused of workers' compensation fraud- it's a serious offense. If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you are permitted to work in any capacity while receiving workers' compensation benefits, you should immediately consult this office.

We represent people who have been accused of committing workers' compensation fraud. An arrest can occur even as a result of an innocent misunderstanding of the law. If you have been contacted by any law enforcement agency in connection with any investigation of your activities, you should offer no information and make no statement before talking to us. Under some circumstances, workers' compensation fraud can be punished as a felony in Connecticut.

Here are some of the laws relating to workers' compensation fraud in Connecticut:

CGS § 31-290c Fraudulent claim or receipt of benefits, Penalties

(a) Any person or his representative who makes or attempts to make any claim for benefits, receives or attempts to receive benefits, prevents or attempts to prevent the receipt of benefits or reduces or attempts to reduce the amount of benefits under this chapter based in whole or in part upon (1) the intentional misrepresentation of any material fact including, but not limited to, the existence, time, date, place, location, circumstances or symptoms of the claimed injury or illness or (2) the intentional nondisclosure of any material fact affecting such claim or the collection of such benefits, shall be guilty of a class C felony if the amount of benefits claimed or received, including but not limited to, the value of medical services, is less than two thousand dollars, or shall be guilty of a class B felony if the amount of such benefits exceeds two thousand dollars. Such person shall also be liable for treble damages in a civil proceeding under section 52-564.

(b) Any person, including an employer, who intentionally aids, abets, assists, promotes or facilitates the making of, or the attempt to make, any claim for benefits or the receipt or attempted receipt of benefits under this chapter by another person in violation of subsection (a) of this section shall be liable for the same criminal and civil penalties as the person making or attempting to make the claim or receiving or attempting to receive the benefits.

§ 53-440. Short title: "Health Insurance Fraud Act"

§ 53-441. Definitions

As used in sections 53-440 to 53-443, inclusive:

(a) "Statement" includes but is not limited to any notice, statement, invoice, account, bill for services, explanation of services, medical opinion, test result, computer generated document, electronic transmission or other evidence of loss, injury or expense;

(b) "Person" means any individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association or any other legal entity;

(c) "Insurer" means any insurance company, health care center, corporation, Lloyd's insurer, fraternal benefit society or any other legal entity authorized to provide health care benefits in this state, including benefits provided under health insurance, disability insurance, workers' compensation and automobile insurance or any person, partnership, association or legal entity which is self-insured and provides health care benefits to its employees or governmental entity which provides medical benefits to Medicare or Medicaid recipients.

§ 53-442. Health insurance fraud

A person is guilty of health insurance fraud when he, with the intent to defraud or deceive any insurer, (1) presents or causes to be presented to any insurer or any agent thereof any written or oral statement as part of or in support of an application for any policy of insurance or claim for payment or other benefit from a plan providing health care benefits, whether for himself, a family member or a third party, knowing that such statement contains any false, incomplete, deceptive or misleading information concerning any fact or thing material to such claim or application, or omits information concerning any fact or thing material to such claim or application, or (2) assists, abets, solicits or conspires with another to prepare or present any written or oral statement to any insurer or any agent thereof, in connection with, or in support of, an application for any policy of insurance or claim for payment or other benefit from a plan providing health care benefits knowing that such statement contains any false, deceptive or misleading information concerning any fact or thing material to such application or claim. For purposes of this section, "misleading information" includes but is not limited to falsely representing that goods or services were medically necessary in accordance with professionally accepted standards.

§ 53-443. Penalty. Order of restitution. Attorneys' fees and investigation costs included in restitution

Any person who violates any provision of sections 53-440 to 53-443, inclusive, shall be subject to the penalties for larceny under sections 53a-122 to 53a-125b, inclusive. Each act shall be considered a separate offense. In addition to any fine or term of imprisonment imposed, including any order of probation, any such person shall make restitution to an aggrieved insurer, including reasonable attorneys' fees and investigation costs.

§ 53-444. Cause of action, when

Any insurer, as defined in subsection (c) of section 53-441, that is aggrieved as a result of an act of insurance fraud may institute an action against the perpetrator of such fraud to recover all damages resulting from the fraud.

Contact Us

If you have been hurt on the job, call Berman & Russo at (860) 288-2328 or (866) 761-8561. We have successfully represented thousands of injured employees. We represent clients throughout the counties of Hartford, Tolland, Middlesex, Windham, and New London, including the communities of South Windsor, Manchester, Glastonbury, Vernon/Rockville, Ellington, Storrs, Willimantic, Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford, Wethersfield, Middletown, New Britain, Newington, Meriden, Enfield, East Windsor, Somers, Norwich, and New London. Contact a Hartford area workers' compensation lawyer to discuss your rights.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or discuss your case over the phone, please call our main office in South Windsor at (860) 288-2328 or (866) 761-8561.