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Significant scarring from work injury is compensable

Scarring or disfigurement can be a very compensable form of damages in a Connecticut personal injury claim. However, some people are surprised to know that at times it can also be compensable under a workers compensation claim.

Scarring has many causes

As explained by WebMD, scars can result from innumerable wound events, both work related and not, including the following:

  • Skin conditions
  • Accidents
  • Surgeries
  • Diseases

Most wounds do result in some degree of scarring, unless a very minor wound. Scars may appear flat and pale, pitted, sunken or stretched.

An on-the job-injury in Connecticut is typically a subject of a workers compensation insurance claim. Bodily injuries that result in medical treatment are compensable expenses as is a portion of lost wages. But what about the damages that do not necessarily limit the functioning of a person in a typical work-related way, such as scarring?

Worker compensation may cover scarring

Connecticut workers compensation law includes rules applicable to the permanent scarring resulting from a work injury. Any significant scarring can be the subject of an award of benefits if it is permanent and if it is located in one of the following areas on the body:

  • Neck
  • Face
  • Head

There is an exception for neck scars resulting from spinal surgery. All other scars may be compensable as well, anywhere on the body, if they limit the worker in becoming employed or continuing in his or her work. Other forms of disfigurement are also compensable in a manner similar to scars.

There is a time-frame that one must accommodate before making a claim for scarring. A minimum of one year must pass, presumably to allow for scar healing and fading. There is also a two-year end date for filing the claim.

A claimant will typically undergo an informal hearing when dealing with a scar injury unlike with other undisputed injuries. The informal hearing is with a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner in order to secure a scar evaluation.

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