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Are you at risk of hypertension?

Police officers, firemen, EMT's, and other municipal workers may be eligible for workers' compensation as a result of various injuries, such as hypertension.

As a police officer, fireman, EMT, or other municipal worker, the law recognizes that there is a presumption of medical risk within your job duties. The law varies depending on the year in which you enlisted as an officer or were hired at a particular position. In general, if the injury, disability or other medical condition did not surface before you started working in this field, there is a presumption that the condition is related to the job. In other circumstances, the employee must prove that the stress at work caused hypertension or a heart condition.

These jobs can be stressful and dangerous. Stress on the job can lead to health complications if left unchecked.

Getting a second opinion about your work injury

Police work comes with a lot of risks. An injury can happen at any time during your job, whether in an altercation or as part of the repetitive tasks you need to do as part of your job.

If you were injured on the job, you are entitled workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp can help cover your medical expenses and part of your lost wages. 

Ten of the most dangerous jobs

How safe is your job?

Are you one of the many Americans working at high risk job on a daily basis for the sake of a paycheck? For a lot of you, avoiding imminent danger is just part of the job. Some of the most fundamentally important careers to our society are among the most dangerous.

In 2015, there were 4,836 fatal occupational injuries, almost half of which resulted from transportation incidents. Jobs that involve transportation, the use of heavy machinery or contact with violent people or animals have higher incident rates. However, not all jobs on the list are so obvious; some of the following may surprise you.

Workers' comp coverage for first responders with PTSD

First responders are on the front lines, dealing with traumatic events as they happen. Whether you are a firefighter, a paramedic or other type of first responder, you may encounter situations that are hard to handle and that put you under serious stress and strain.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that can develop after you face a traumatic event. You can develop PTSD at any age and at any level of physical health. You do not to need to have suffered a physical injury in order to develop PTSD. However, under the current Connecticut workers' comp laws, you will not have PTSD treatment covered unless it is also combined with a physical injury.

The pitfalls of social media use during a workers' compensation case

Were you injured at work? Do you have an open workers' compensation claim? Are you active on social media? If you've answered yes to these questions, keep reading.

Workers' compensation benefits are eligible to employees who've been injured on the job. These benefits can cover lost wages, medical care and compensation for permanent injuries as well as providing benefits to surviving family members who lost someone in a workplace accident.

Are you to blame for an injury in your dangerous job?

The simple answer is no. Even if you chose to work in a dangerous, high-stress job, you still have a right to workers' compensation if you are injured.

In Connecticut, workers' compensation is a no-fault system. This means that a worker who is injured on the job can get compensation regardless of who is at fault for the injury. So, even if you chose your profession or made a risky choice at work that caused your injury, you are entitled to benefits.

What you need to know after an accident with heavy machinery

An accident can happen at any time when you work with heavy machinery, regardless of how careful you are. It is important to be prepared and know what you will need to do if you get into an accident on the job.

Medical care is your number one priority

When you are in a workplace accident, be sure to make your health your top priority. You have a right to medical care to treat any injury you suffer at work. In fact, your medical expenses will be paid for by workers' compensation.

Can you work a second job while you collect workers' comp benefits?

No, you cannot work a second job while collecting workers' compensation benefits. In early September, a woman in Waterbury was arrested for collecting $22,000 in workers' compensation benefits while allegedly working another job.

The woman was collecting benefits for an injury she suffered while working as a nursing assistant at St. Mary's Hospital. However, after starting to receive benefits, she allegedly continued to work at her second job as a live-in caretaker.

Top 2 benefits of hiring a board-certified workers' comp lawyer

Many attorneys list on their websites that they handle workers' compensation claims. However, attorneys who are generalists may not have the focused experience necessary to handle every aspect of a claim and anticipate issues that can come up down the road.

In Connecticut, the CBA Workers' Compensation Standing Committee certifies attorneys in this area of practice. Board-Certified Workers' Compensation Specialists need to pass rigorous qualifications in order to attain this status, and there are only approximately 50 attorneys with this qualification throughout the state.

Can I choose my own doctor after a work injury?

In general, if you were injured in an accident at work, your medical costs will be covered by your employer. However, you do need to be evaluated by your employer's designated medical provider.

Your employer may have a chosen medical facility, clinic or list of doctors. If your employer has a designated medical provider, then you must see that provider for your initial evaluation and treatment. If your employer does not have a chosen provider, then you can choose your own doctor. 

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