Reasonable Accommodations for work related injuries in Connecticut--The time is now.

Presently, there is no rule that requires your employer to offer you a reasonable accomodation if you are injured on the job.  

But it is time for a change.  

Injured workers should be allowed to remain on the job if possible through the help of a reasonable accomodation.  

That is the rule in disability cases, and it should be the rule for Workers Compensation cases.  Why should injured workers be treated differenlty than people with disabilities?  After all, isn't a work related disabling injury just as disabling as a disability that is not caused from work?

The present rule of "light duty."

The rule now is that your employer is required to offer you "light duty" if that work is available, and if that work is not available then you can receive your temporary total disability (TTD) benefits when you do your job searches.  

The problems of light duty. 

But light duty does not provide the needed protection because many employers claim that light duty is not available.  Also, many people who do light duty are discriminated against by managers and fellow employees because they are viewed as being lazy.  Everyone knows that if you can't do your job, and your employer finds someone to replace you then your employer might like the newer worker better and you might end up out of a job.  It is aways better to keep doing your own job when possible.  That is why we need to require reasonable accommodations in Workers' Compensation cases.  

How to find legal help. 

If you suffered a serious injury on the job and need help, contact The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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