No. The Connecticut workers’ compensation act is a “no fault” system. This means that unlike a negligence action, the claimant does not have to prove that anybody did anything wrong. All she has to prove is that she was injured at work by doing what she was supposed to be doing, when she was supposed to be doing it.
The trade-off is that you don’t get the same type of monetary damages in the world of workers’ compensations as you do in the real world. I frequently tell people that if they sustain the same injuries in a car wreck or on a defective sidewalk, they would have a much moré valuable claim. However, the comp system is designed to be a quicker, more efficient, and cost-effective way to have your medical losses paid for and to recoup some of your wage losses.
For people who have sustained life-altering injuries and for whom everyday pain has become a reality, it is a difficult prospect to accept that they cannot be compensated for their daily pain and suffering. However, this is the reality in Connecticut, and virtually every state.