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Workers’ Compensation

Federal and Connecticut Workers Compensation Attorneys

Are you discouraged by the paperwork needed for a Workers’ Compensation claim?

If you have been injured on the job, whether you were injured in a construction accident, suffer from a repetitive trauma disorder such as carpal tunnel syndrome or a back injury, or suffer from an occupational disease caused by exposure to dangerous chemicals, you may be entitled to a compensation claim for medical expenses, lost wages, disability and retraining.

It can be confusing and discouraging to file or appeal a claim under the Connecticut Workers Compensation Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. Our lawyers will handle the paperwork while you concentrate on recovering from your injury. We charge no attorney fees unless you collect. Contact our New London office to make arrangements for a free consultation with Jay BerrymanRob KevilleCarolyn Kelly or Kristi Kelly, our “workers’ comp” attorneys.

If you have been injured, are out of work due to a disability, or have lost the support of a family member due to a fatal accident, it is important you file a claim as soon as possible. If not, you may lose valuable benefits. If the claim is disputed by your employer or the employer’s workers’ compensation carrier, our attorneys will try to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. They are also skilled and determined trial lawyers and will try your case in state or federal court.

Suisman Shapiro represents defense workers whose illnesses or injuries are related to their work at the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton. Workers at Electric Boat or other defense contractors are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA). Our law firm has extensive experience handling matters at the Department of Labor and before administrative law judges who adjudicate Longshore claims.

Workers’ Compensation claims may result from a wide range of factors. Examples include:

  • temporary or permanent disability from back injuries, whether caused by an accident or repetitive trauma
  • death of a family member do to an accident or occupational disease
  • mental disorders, including depression secondary to physical injuries and issues relating to the inability to perform gainful employment
  • construction accidents and shipyard accidents
  • disease caused by exposure to asbestos and other dangerous chemicals
  • failure of heavy equipment and power tool accidents

For more information, see: Frequently Asked Questions About Workers Compensation.

Connecticut Workers Compensation lawyers at Suisman Shapiro in New London assist clients from New London County, Windham County and Middlesex County including the communities of: New London, Norwich, Waterford, Groton, East Lyme, Stonington/North Stonington, Lyme/Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Ledyard and Montville with Workmans Comp claims and SSDI claims and appeals. We also handle other personal injury and wrongful death claims.

Attorney James P. Berryman



  • Connecticut, 1983


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
  • J.D. - 1982
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
  • B.A. - 1979

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • New London County Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • National Association of Social Security Claimants Representatives, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Connecticut Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

Office Locations

New London Office
75 State Street
New London, CT 06320

Pawcatuck Office
20 South Anguilla Road
PO Box 1445
Pawcatuck, CT 06379

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