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Construction’s “Fatal Four” cause majority of worker deaths

As someone who supports yourself by working on Connecticut’s construction industry, you may already know that aches, pains and injuries are typically par for the course for someone in your line of work. In many cases, though, construction workers suffer injuries or accidents that are so serious that they ultimately result in their deaths, and many such deaths result from similar circumstances. At the Law Office of George H. Romania, LLC, we know that the majority of today’s construction worker deaths involve the “fatal four,” and we have helped many construction workers who suffered injury, or worker family members who lost a loved one, seek appropriate recourse after an accident.

How do employees and independent contractors differ?

In order to receive compensation for work injuries, you must be considered a full-time employee. Unfortunately, some employers misclassify their workers to avoid providing appropriate compensation, which can leave you without an income and on the hook for medical expenses. To ensure you’re able to determine your own employment status, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers the following information.

What changed about workers' compensation in 2019?

Sometimes changes to workers' compensation system benefit you and your employer. In Connecticut in 2018, there was a change that goes into effect in 2019. The Insurance Journal explains that business owners got a 17 percent decrease in rates. This is huge because it means your employer is paying less for workers' compensation insurance. This savings may benefit you.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that can be both debilitating as well as painful. People in all sorts industries and workplaces can experience this condition, especially those frequently using hand tools or computer equipment. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers the following information, including risk factors and what to look for in terms of symptoms.

What should I know about workers’ comp in CT?

If you’ve been injured at your job in Connecticut, filing a workers’ compensation claim is the next reasonable step. However, this process can seem complex to many people, especially when suffering from the after-effects of your injury. offers the following insight on how you can file a claim when hurt at work.

Repetitive motion injuries may qualify for workers’ comp

Workers’ compensation in Connecticut typically covers injuries caused as a result of repetitive trauma. Rotator cuff tears, tendonitis and bursitis claims often result from positions in warehouse and construction work. Repetitive strain injuries affecting the neck and shoulders, forearms, elbows, wrists and hands caused by assembly line or keyboard work may also qualify.

Defining casual employment

The general assumption amongst most in New Haven might be that any injury suffered while one is engaged in fulfilling the terms of employment is covered under workers' compensation. This thought allows you to be fully engaged in your work without worrying about having to cover any expenses that might result from a work-related injury. Many of those that we here at The Law Office of George H. Romania, LLC have worked with have come to us with this assumption, only to then be disappointed to learn that workers' compensation does not apply to every professional relationship. One such exception is cases of casual labor. 

Slip-and-fall accidents at work

There are many different risks that can result in a job-related accident. Whether someone becomes injured while working on a construction site or an office worker develops problems due to repetitive strain, there are many ways that people are hurt while carrying out their job duties. These injuries can make life very hard and may lead to a host of problems, from financial hardship to physical pain and career-related problems. Moreover, some accidents may catch a worker and an entire company off-guard, such as a slip-and-fall accident that nobody anticipated. If you were hurt in such an accident, it is crucial to understand what your options are.

Detailing "The Fatal Four"

A good number of New Haven residents find a great deal of personal satisfaction in their careers as construction workers. There is good reason for such contentment; construction workers play a vital role in community development. Yet for all of the rewards that a career in the construction industry offers, it is also rife with risks. Construction routinely ranks at or near the top of the list of the most dangerous professions. Indeed, according to statistics shared by The Industrial Safety and Hygiene News, one in 10 construction workers are injured on the job every year. 

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