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Safety & Health Services

Workers' Compensation Commission unit that provides information and assistance regarding Connecticut's employer health and safety committee requirement.

Scar

Mark left on the skin after the healing of a wound or sore, or any mark, damage, or lasting effect resulting from a past injury.

Schedule of Injuries

List in the Workers' Compensation Act providing the maximum number of weeks of Permanent Partial Disability benefits for each body part. Only injuries (body parts) in this statutory schedule are eligible for Permanent Partial Disability benefits.

Second Disability

Disability arising out of a second injury.

Second Injury

Injury (incurred by accident, repetitive trauma, repetitive acts, or disease arising out of and in the course employment) to an employee with a previous disability.

Second Injury Fund

State of Connecticut fund used to provide payment of workers' compensation benefits and/or other payments in certain workers' compensation cases. The Fund is provided by assessments on all Connecticut employers and is in the custody of the State Treasurer.

Self Insurance

Manner in which an employer provides workers' compensation insurance coverage for its employees by insuring itself rather than by purchasing workers' compensation insurance coverage from a private insurance carrier.

Settlement

Term used for Permanent Partial Disability benefits or to refer to a Stipulation, which is a final close-out of a workers' compensation case.

SIF

The State of Connecticut's Second Injury Fund.

Specific

Award of Permanent Partial Disability benefits for one or more of an employee's specific body part(s) due to that employee's compensable work-related injury or occupational disease.

State Average Production Wage

Average weekly earnings of production and related workers in manufacturing in Connecticut, determined annually by the State Labor Commissioner. This is lower than the State Average Weekly Wage of all Connecticut workers, because it does not include salaries of supervisory personnel.

State Average Weekly Wage

Average weekly earnings of all workers in Connecticut, determined annually by the State Labor Commissioner. This is higher than the State Average Production Wage, because it includes salaries of supervisory personnel.

Statistical Division

Workers' Compensation Commission division which compiles and maintains statistics on occupational injuries and diseases, voluntary agreements, claims status, and Workers' Compensation Commissioners' dockets, among others.

Stip

Stipulation or stipulated agreement.

Stipulated Agreement

Agreement to stipulate a workers' compensation case (close a case, finally, by stipulation).

Stipulation

Process whereby an employee with a compensable work-related injury or occupational disease and the employer (and/or its workers' compensation insurance carrier) close a workers' compensation case finally. This happens when an employee is paid a sum of money and/or provided certain medical treatment(s) and, in return, signs away any future right to benefits for the stipulated injury or disease. Some stipulations close out all aspects of a case (i.e., benefits AND medical treatment) while other stipulations close out portions of available benefits (i.e., benefit payments OR medical treatment), leaving the remaining benefits "open."

Stipulation and What It Means

Workers' Compensation Commission form signed by a claimant signifying understanding of and agreement to a final settlement of a workers' compensation case by stipulation.

Substitute System of Insurance

An employer's agreement with its employees to provide a system of compensation, benefit, and insurance in lieu of the compensation and insurance provided by the Workers' Compensation Act. Such a system must provide benefits to its employees which are at least equivalent to the benefits provided by the Act and must adhere to requirements for such systems as are prescribed in the Act.

Survivors' Benefits

Burial expenses for an employee who dies as a result of a compensable work-related injury or occupational disease and wage replacement benefits to surviving dependents of such a deceased employee. Such benefits are also known as "Death Benefits", "Dependent Survivors' Benefits", or "Fatality Benefits".


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