Connecticut Woman Tests State Workers’ Comp Laws

March 22, 2011

The fiancée of a victim of last August’s shooting rampage at a beer distributorship in Manchester, Connecticut is putting the state’s workers’ compensation benefits law to the test.

Stephanie Laurin was engaged to William Ackerman, one of eight people killed by a co-worker at Hartford Distributors. Laurin says they lived together for four years and intended to marry in October.

She has applied for Ackerman’s $500 per week workers’ compensation benefits.

A lawyer for Hartford Distributors and its insurance company has filed documents with the state Workers’ Compensation Commission, saying the law is clear: Laurin can’t claim the benefits because she is not a family member.

Laurin tells The Hartford Courant she qualifies because she was his “dependent.”

Legal experts say the case is likely to end up in the state Supreme Court.

Topics Workers' Compensation Connecticut

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