Coronavirus and Workers Compensation

There are people still working throughout the Coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, many people are still becoming infected with the virus, and these people will need to self quarantine or be hospitalized.

The issue is whether or not a person who gets Coronavirus can obtain worker’s compensation benefits, if they are unable to work because of the virus.

Since a virus is not an “accident,” the issue is really whether Coronavirus can be considered an “occupational disease.”

Connecticut law states: CGS 31-275 (15) “Occupational disease” includes any disease peculiar to the occupation in which the employee was engaged and due to causes in excess of the ordinary hazards of employment as such, and includes any disease due to or attributable to exposure to or contact with any radioactive material by an employee in the course of his employment. see Niedzwicki v. Pequonnock Foundry, 133 Conn. 78, 48 A.2d 369; Glodenis v. American Brass Co., 118 Conn. 29, 37, 170 A. 146

Unfortunately, the Coronavirus is not peculiar to any occupation. The virus spreads randomly among people in the community. Therefore, anyone infected with Coronavirus is not entitled to worker’s compensation benefits in the State of Connecticut.

On the other hand, there can be occupational disease due to exposure to asbestos, or a chemical compound, which exposure is particular to a particular type of worker.

A further explanation of Connecticut law can be found at https://www.cga.ct.gov/PS95/rpt/olr/htm/95-R-1068.htm

If you believe that you have been injured at work because of an occupational disease, please feel free to contact

Attorney Robert M. Singer, 2572 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518

203-248-8278 rsingerct@yahoo.com

Serving New Haven County and all of Connecticut

Foreclosure of Judgment Liens in Connecticut

A judgment creditor will want to file a judgment lien, to help ensure that that a judgment is satisfied.

A Judgment Lien is a non-consensual lien on a piece of property. A mortgage is a consensual lien.

In Connecticut, a Judgment Lien can attach jointly own property. A judgment lien can be foreclosed in the State of Connecticut. “The execution levy at least upon sale, operates as an involuntary conveyance by the joint tenant against whom the execution runs.” “This is turn causes a severance of his undivided interest and a consequent destruction of the joint tenancy.” See New Haven Trolley & Bus Employees Credit Union v. Hill, 145 Conn. 322 (1958)

What this means is that a creditor who has a judgment lien against a piece of property in which there are joint tenants can foreclose the lien. If there is a foreclosure sale, (or a strict foreclosure), the interest of the joint tenant is severed, and the lien holder takes over the interest of the lien holder. Basically, the lien holder then becomes a joint owner of the property, or entitled to a portion of the proceeds of a sale.

If you are a judgment lienholder or judgment debtor in Connecticut, and have any questions, please feel free to contact

Attorney Robert M. Singer, 2572 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518

203-248-8278 rsingerct@yahoo.com

Serving New Haven County and all of Connecticut