DAVID HARPAZ v. LAIDLAW TRANSIT, INC., ET AL.1 (SC 17844)
Norcott, Katz, Palmer, Vertefeuille and Schaller, Js.
Argued November 28, 2007—officially released March 18, 2008
Philip F. Spillane, for the appellant (plaintiff).
Erik S. Bartlett, for the appellees (defendants).
Philip F. Spillane
The court ruled in Harpaz that an employer who fails to contest a workers’ comp claim in a timely manner or begin paying benefits within 28 days of receiving a notice of claim may not, for the life of the claim, contest the compensability of the injured worker’s disability.
Attorney Spillane’s efforts in the case of Harpaz v. Laidlaw Transit, Inc., successfully argued to the Connecticut Supreme Court, set a statewide precedent regarding injured workers’ rights when the employer fails to properly contest the claim.