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Strunk Dodge Aiken Zovas LLC



The law firm of Strunk Dodge Aiken Zovas (SDAZ) provides you with our FALL 2023 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW UPDATE. We wish to all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!   Please feel free to share this update with your colleagues.  If someone inadvertently has been left off our email list and would like to receive future updates they can contact Jason Dodge at or 860-785-4503.










 Lucas D. Strunk, Esq.              860-785-4502              Courtney C. Stabnick, Esq.                     860-785-4501

Jason M. Dodge, Esq.               860-785-4503              Christopher Buccini, Esq.                       860-785-4500 x4520

Richard L. Aiken, Jr., Esq.       860-785-4506              Philip T. Markuszka, Esq.                        860-785-4500 x4510

Anne Kelly Zovas, Esq.            860-785-4505              Christopher J. D’Angelo, Esq.                860-785-4504             

Heather K. Porto, Esq.              860-785-4500 x4514  Ariel R. MacPherson, Esq.                       860-785-4500 x4528

Colette S. Griffin, Esq.              860-785-4500 x4525                                                                         

Nancy E. Berdon, Esq.             860-785-4507              Richard T. Stabnick, Esq., Of Counsel 860-785-4500 x4550 












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A new Worker’s Compensation portal has been established at this site:

The old Worker’s Compensation website remains in place, however, this new portal will allow a search of managed care plans for a particular date of injury. Also, workers’ compensation coverage searches and requests for workers’ compensation files and freedom of information requests can be performed through this new portal.  The prior worker’s compensation history of an individual and information concerning a particular file (forms filed, hearing requests, hearings held, voluntary agreements approved) can be searched through this portal as well. Information regarding self-employers in the system can also be reviewed.


 Memorandum 2023-08

The Form 42 has been revised.  The new Form 42 includes “a check box indicating "Check, if total impairment rating, inclusive of any prior ratings, for body part." The box should be checked when the rating is for the total impairment inclusive of any previous ratings for the body part. The box should not be checked when the rating is in addition to a previous rating. The revised form can be obtained from our Online Forms page.”




 Memorandum 2023-05 has been issued by Chief Administrative Law Judge Morelli regarding maximum compensation rates.  The Chairman has ordered that the maximum total disability rate for injuries occurring after October 1, 2023 is $1,575 (based on the estimated average weekly wage of all employees in Connecticut).  The maximum temporary partial/permanent partial disability rate for accidents after October 1, 2023 is $1,154 (based on the average weekly earnings of production and related workers in manufacturing in Connecticut).



The Official Connecticut Practitioner Fee Schedule was issued by the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission effective July 15, 2023.




The Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission effective June 10, 2023 has amended  subsection F of Section VII of the Professional Guide for Attorneys, Physicians and Other Health Care Practitioners Guidelines for Cooperation.  The subsection now reads:

Exception for Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Neuropsychologist, and Neuropsychiatrists

Due to the particular nature of these fields, there are some exceptions to Commission rules, regulations and guidelines granted to providers in these disciplines.  Please note the following:

1.      Most Commission rules and regulations, including deposition fees and formal hearing testimony fees, do apply

2.      Fees as listed in the Official Connecticut Practitioner Fee Schedule, which encompasses most office visit/treatment fees, do apply unless there is a contract indicating otherwise

3.      Fees for Commission Medical Exams and Employer/Respondent Exams DO NOT apply.  The provider may charge a maximum of $2500 for these types of exams without prior approval.  Any fee above $2500 for a CME must be approved by the ALJ prior to the exam taking place.  In the case of an RME, the provider may request the higher fee from the respondent.  If the provider and respondent cannot agree on a fee, the respondent may choose another provider or request a hearing with an ALJ to determine a reasonable fee. 






RME charges have now been increased to $850.



The Workers’ Compensation Commission has developed an online filing Form 6B for officers of a corporation or a member of a limited liability company who wishes to be excluded from workers’ compensation coverage.




On January 1, 2023 the mileage rate increased to 65.5 cents per mile.  The rate had been at 62.5 cents per mile since July 1, 2022




As of January 1, 2023, the burial fee for deaths covered under the Workers’ Compensation Act is $13,454.70  based on the overall 2022 CPI-W increase for the northeast of 4.3%. Connecticut General Statutes Section 31-306 was amended in 2021 to reflect that the compensation for burial benefits will be adjusted by the percentage increase in the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers in the Northeast as defined in the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor



 The Commission does have a website where you can look up such information as to whether a hearing is assigned, list of all claims for an employee, status of a Form 36, and interested parties.  This is quite a useful site and is a different website than the Commission’s main site.  It can be found at:




The new CRB panel beginning January 1, 2024 will be Administrative law Judges Delaney and Schoolcraft along with Chief Administrative Law Judge Morelli.



Before an Administrative Law Judge allows a Workers’ Compensation matter to be settled on a full and final basis the Judge and his/her staff require information concerning the claim and how the settlement was negotiated. The Judge will want an updated medical report documenting whether there is any additional need for medical treatment. Also, the Judge will want to know whether there are any outstanding health liens or any conditional payment issues involving Medicare. If the claimant is a potential Medicare recipient, the Judge will review the settlement agreement to make sure that Medicare’s interests are considered. If the claimant is receiving Social Security disability benefits the Judge may require that “offset” provisions be placed in the settlement to reduce any potential reduction of Social Security disability benefits because of the Workers’ Compensation settlement. Also, the Judge will want to know whether there were any permanent impairment ratings and whether they have been paid partially or in full. Finally, the Judge will want to know how the settlement figure was negotiated between the parties. Settlement documentation must be submitted to the Judge before any case will be assigned for settlement approval; the settlement documentation includes a stipulation and what it means form, a stipulation questionnaire form and the stipulation itself. It is important for the insurance carrier to provide counsel with this background information in order that settlement of the claim can be accomplished.





The claimant was born on October 2, 1948.  She sustained a compensable needle stick at work on October 31, 1996 and developed hepatitis and associated lung injury.  She became totally disabled on November 16,1996 and received TT and cola’s until her death on April 17, 2022.  At the time of her injury Connecticut General Statutes Section 31-307(e) was in place which provided employers an offset against total disability payments for Social Security retirement benefits that the claimant may be entitled to receive.  In this case the claimant never applied for Social Security retirement benefits; notwithstanding this, the respondents filed a Form 36 on December 10, 2019 claiming the offset based on the benefits that the claimant could have received from Social Security.  The trial judge concluded that there was no offset since she never received any Social Security benefits; the Compensation Review Board affirmed the denial of an offset concluding that the claimant was not entitled to Social Security retirement benefits if she did not apply for them.  Section 31-307(e) did apply to this claim since the rights and obligations of the parties are based on the statutes in effect as of the date of injury. Section 31-307(e) was enacted in 1993 but was repealed in 2006.


BARROS V. CITY OF BRISTOL, 6491 CRB-6-22-11 (October 6, 2023)

The claimant sustained a head injury on February 8, 2019 in the course of her work as a teacher. She came under the care of Dr. Hasbani, a neurologist, who provided medical reports indicating that the claimant was totally disabled. The claimant, however, also worked as a realtor and continued to work in that position notwithstanding Dr. Hasbani’s opinion that the claimant was totally disabled. The claimant received total disability benefits from the date of injury until a Form 36 was approved at an informal hearing on November 12, 2019. The claimant continued to contend she was entitled to medical treatment, total disability benefits and health insurance pursuant to General Statutes Section 31–284b. Eventually the claimant entered into a separation agreement with the employer and received a disability retirement in December 2020. At the formal hearing evidence was presented that the claimant was working as a realtor, took trips to the beach and amusement parks, and went to Portugal during periods of time when she claimed she was totally disabled. The Administrative Law Judge concluded that the claimant was not credible, however, he determined that the claimant was entitled to temporary partial benefits from the date of injury through the date of the separation agreement in December 2020. Additionally, the Judge found that Section 31–284b benefits were not owed after the separation agreement in  December 2020. He did order that the claimant continue to receive medical treatment for the accepted body parts. Both parties took an appeal to the CRB, however, the Board affirmed the Trial Judge Finding.



ROSENSTEIN V. HARTFORD DISTRIBUTORS, 6490 CRB-8-22-11 (October 20, 2023)

The Compensation Review Board in this case affirmed a Finding and Dismissal of a claim for temporary total and Connecticut General Statutes Section 31-308a benefits; in doing so, the Board affirmatively cited the recent Appellate Court decision in Cochran v. Department of Transportation, 220 Conn. App. 855, appeal pending, S. C. 230146, which denied TT benefits to an individual who voluntarily retired before making a claim for benefits.  In Rosenstein, the claimant was elderly (born in 1933).  The claimant in 2010 was seriously injured when he heroically was attempting to stop a shooter at the company facility.  The claimant himself was shot in the leg, abdomen, and left arm.  After the incident the claimant did return to work and the employer provided accommodation to him including providing a work assistant, giving him a golf cart to travel in the large facility and keeping his desk near the bathrooms (the claimant at times had to go the  bathroom emergently due to abdominal injuries from the shooting).  The claimant retired voluntarily in 2018 at age 85, although there was testimony that the claimant’s desk was kept open at the employer because they thought he would be coming back to work.  Post retirement there was evidence that the claimant was active taking dance classes, going to ball games and playing golf.  After his retirement the claimant sought either TT or Section 31-308a benefits, claiming that he would not have retired but for his injuries.  The claimant did produce a report from his gastroenterologist suggesting that he could not work; also, the claimant presented the testimony of a vocational specialist who indicated that the claimant was unemployable.  The employer was willing to accommodate the claimant and his restrictions but the claimant did not request accommodation.  The ALJ found that the claimant was not willing to return to work and that his claim for benefits was denied.  The Judge did not adopt the medical or vocational evidence that suggested the claimant was TT/unemployable.  A Motion to Correct was denied as well as a Motion to Open to present the testimony of the claimant’s boss, Mr. Hollander.  The CRB affirmed the dismissal noting that the issue of TT entitlement was an issue of fact for the ALJ to decide.  The Board affirmed the denial of the Motion to Correct and Motion to Open (they interpreted this to be a Motion to Submit additional evidence).  In support of their decision the Board cited the Cochran decision, noting that the claim for benefits for the retiree in Cochran was denied even though there was some evidence in that case that the claimant retired in part due to his work injuries. A petition for certification has been granted in the Cochran case to the Connecticut Supreme Court and therefore the Supreme Court will address the issue of total disability benefits post voluntary retirement in the Cochran decision.


DUSTO V. ROGERS CORPORATION, 222 Conn. App. 71 (2023)


The plaintiff, the executor of the estate of the decedent, filed a claim for damages against the former employer of the decedent contending that the employer had knowingly exposed the decedent to asbestos and that the employer knew there was substantial certainty that the employee would be injured.  The defendant employer filed a Motion for Summary Judgment asserting that the exclusive remedy provisions of General Statutes Section 31-284 applied and that the employee’s sole remedy against the employer was workers’ compensation benefits.  The trial Judge granted the Motion for Summary Judgment, however, on appeal the Appellate Court reversed that decision and concluded that the claim against the employer could proceed.  The Appellate Court determined that there was a genuine issue of material fact whether the employer “subjectively believed that its conduct was substantially certain to result in injury to its employees.”  In reaching its decision the Court cited the case of Lucenti v. Laviero, 327 Conn. 764 (2018) and its analysis of what a plaintiff must prove in direct action claims against employers.  The employer will file a petition for certification to the Connecticut Supreme Court seeking to reverse this decision.



The claimant was a police officer with a municipal employer.  Throughout his career he was exposed to dangerous and stressful situations.  On January 15, 2013 he was at a fire during work that was described as chaotic; the officer had some smoke inhalation as a result of this.  The officer had been treating for emotional/mental health issues.  On March 12, 2013 he committed suicide while at work.  A claim for widow benefits was sought with the date of accident March 12, 2013.  The Trial Judge concluded that the decedent did have PTSD and that it was an occupational disease but that it was not secondary to a physical injury.   The Judge found that the claimant had major depression per the respondent examiner’s opinion and that the death of the decedent was due to that and prescription medication management issues.  The Judge dismissed the claim.  On appeal the CRB determined that the Judge’s decision was ‘clearly erroneous” and misapplied the law to the facts.  The Board found that the case was a “mental-physical” claim with the physical injury being the gun shot that led to the death of the decedent.  The CRB cited the heart attack case of Chesler v. Derby, 96 Conn. App. 207 (2006), cert. denied, 208 Conn. 909 (2006) in support of its decision and the case of Biasetti v. Stamford, 250 Conn. 65 (1999) (claimant’s psychiatric injury an occupational disease but not compensable since not due to physical injury).  The Board reversed the dismissal.  In doing so, the CRB did not explain why the claim at the Supreme Court in Biasetti was dismissed but this claim was somehow found compensable.  The Biasetti Court in dismissing that claim stated:

Section 31-275 (16) (B) (ii) includes within the definition of "personal injury" an emotional impairment that arises from or is caused by a physical injury or occupational disease. It does not, however, extend coverage to an emotional impairment which itself is an occupational disease. To conclude otherwise would be to ignore the causation requirement encompassed within the term "arises."


We expect this decision will be appealed to the Appellate Court.