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New England Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorney

Protecting Your Company’s Bright Future

Melick & Porter, LLP counsels self-insured employers and insurance companies on a broad array of matters throughout the workers’ compensation process, from advice on claims upon filing through formal hearings and appeals. We value our relationships with our clients and we serve as regional counsel to many of our clients.

Our attorneys efficiently and effectively defend a high volume of workers’ compensation cases and are adept at handling claims presenting unique legal and evidentiary issues.

The types of workers comp defense cases we handle include:

  • Exposure to asbestos and other toxic substances
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Injuries with associated psychological trauma
  • Injuries involving disputes between successive insurers

Our workers’ compensation attorneys are proud to have served clients in the New England area.

What Is Workers' Compensation Defense?

Workers' compensation defense is a legal practice that helps businesses protect their interests in cases involving workers' compensation claims. A workers' comp defense lawyer provides employers with advice and representation on matters related to the filing of workers' comp claims, hearings, appeals, and other associated issues. By utilizing an experienced attorney who specializes in this area of law, companies can ensure they are protected from potentially costly settlements or awards made against them. With the right legal team in place, businesses can rest assured that their rights will be defended throughout the entire process.

What Are the Most Common Workers' Compensation Claims that Require a Defense?

Businesses often have to defend against various types of workers' compensation claims, including those related to:

  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Disputes between successive insurers
  • Psychological trauma associated with an injury
  • and more

To protect their interests in such cases, employers must seek the advice and representation of a specialized workers' comp defense attorney who can provide experienced counsel on all matters related to the filing of a claim, hearings, appeals, and other associated issues. With the right legal team in place, businesses can ensure their rights will be defended throughout the entire claims process.

What Do Workers' Comp Defense Attorneys Do?

The role of a workers' comp defense lawyer is to provide the support required during the entirety of your claim fighting process. A workers' comp defense attorney will stay by your side to educate you and help you make wise decisions. For help with your case, call today!

Additional In-Depth Services

In addition to litigation defense, we also conduct risk management programs. We provide employers with advice and recommendations to help them reduce the likelihood of workplace injuries and minimize potential exposure. This proactive approach also helps clients be well-positioned in the event of litigation.

In addition to our experience in workers’ compensation cases, we also use our resources in employment and toxic tort exposure cases. We have represented thousands of employers in state and federal courts over our long history as a firm, and we can use our success strategies to strengthen your unique case.

Our workers’ compensation defense attorneys have over 40 years of experience.

Nationally-Recognized & Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

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    Alexander W. Ahrens


    Alex is a Partner in our Connecticut office. He graduated summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He has a B.A. degree in English from Gettysburg College. Alex was an Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review and received awards for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Performance in Oral Advocacy.

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    Steven M. Banks


    Steve is a Partner practicing from Melick & Porter’s office in Southbury, Connecticut. Steve began his career and honed his legal skills at a successful boutique firm in Danbury. Steve currently handles all aspects of civil litigation, from pre-litigation counseling, analysis and strategy to pleadings and discovery, to dispositive motion practice, trial advocacy and pre-trial/post-trial proceedings. He focuses his practice on premises liability, general liability, property disputes/land use, workers’ compensation, and product liability. He has extensive litigation and courtroom experience defending claims in Connecticut and New York.

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    Steven M. Taylor


    Steve is a Partner in the firm’s Hamilton and Boston offices. He is an experienced trial attorney in the areas of workers compensation, premises liability, motor vehicle, construction litigation, and product liability. Steve has jury and bench trial experience in Massachusetts’ District, Superior, and Administrative Courts. He also has extensive experience arbitrating and mediating claims through private dispute resolution entities as well as at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents.

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    Robert T. Treat


    Rob concentrates his practice on premises liability, professional liability, explosion, construction injury and worker’s compensation matters. Rob’s most notable defense verdicts in civil jury trials include: a negligent product distribution claim by a waitress whose face was burned by flaming brandy flambé spilled on her by a chef performing a “Strawberry Flambe” on stage.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Client-Centered Approach
  • Well-Qualified & Accomplished Firm
  • Nationally Recognized Super Lawyers®
  • Seasoned Litigators & Appellate Attorneys
  • High-End Legal Representation
  • Track Record Of Client Success