Connecticut Shooting Survivors, Families Told of Compensation

August 16, 2010

The head of Connecticut’s workers’ compensation program says the largest payouts in 12 years may eventually be made to survivors and family members of employees killed last week at a Manchester beer distributor.

John Mastropietro, chairman of the state Workers Compensation Commission, says information was sent Wednesday to the two survivors and relatives of the eight workers killed Aug. 3 about how to seek compensation.

He says payments by the insurer for Hartford Distributors Inc. could be the largest since a former accountant at the Connecticut Lottery Corp. fatally shot four executives and himself in 1998.

Compensation would be 75 percent of a worker’s average income over a year after reductions for Social Security and income taxes.

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