Workplace accidents are common, and that is why there is a safety net provided for in the law in the form of workers' compensation. Employers are required to purchase insurance to cover this eventuality so that when someone is hurt, there will be resources to take care of them. Sometimes, though, the injury can be more difficult to detect and treat because the symptoms are not as apparent. One case like this is when workers sustain moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries.
Recent legislative changes to Wisconsin's workers' compensation law were proposed in Governor Scott Walker's recently reveiled Budget. Charlie Domer created a new blog post about the possible changes.
Construction sites are active, busy places, and while this is great for getting jobs done, it also can result in injuries. Researchers at the Bureau of Labor Statistics point out that simple preventive measures can help protect workers against these common incidents.
When employees are injured on the job, they often have many questions. How do they apply for compensation? Will their employer cover the costs of care? Can they continue working? These are just a few of the initial concerns that may come to mind. Luckily, the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services has outlined many of the most common concerns about worker's compensation and their answers. Here are a few things to keep in mind that may clarify any questions.
Overall occupational injury rates continued to decline in Wisconsin in 2015, according to data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both public and private sector rates declined, as did rates in the U.S. as a whole, following a downward trend over the past decade.
Wisconsin employers reported 78,800 workplace injuries and illnesses to the BLS in 2015, or about 36 injuries and illnesses for every 1,000 full-time workers.
Mild fall weather in Wisconsin has allowed farmers and their employees extra time to work outside this season. As the opportunity for work increases, the chance for injury and unsafe working conditions continue. Farm employees should always remember that they have the right to workplace injury protection.
Two workers in Nebraska have lost their lives in the grain handling industry this year. These deaths led to an investigation in July by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The company responsible for the deaths was cited by OSHA with 25 serious and one other-than-serious violations related to confined spaces, grain dust, live electrical parts, and fall protection.
One of the biggest myths or misunderstandings about workers who are collecting workers' compensation benefits is that they do not want to return to work. In most cases, nothing can be further from the truth.
Indeed, a major objective of the workers' compensation system is to help injured workers restore their earning capacity to where it was before the injury. If the worker has permanent injuries that prevent him or her from performing the same job duties, the worker can pursue vocational retraining benefits.
If you're an independent contractor and are hurt on the job, what do you do? If you're not carrying your own worker's compensation insurance, you may want to assess whether you've been correctly classified as an independent contractor.
Just because an employer calls you an independent contractor doesn't necessarily make you one. Worker classification is a growing concern at both the federal and state level. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development provides a helpful worker classification test to work through if you're not sure how you should be classified.
Having an attorney can make the work comp claims process much easier.
Unless you drive a truck, taxi or delivery vehicle, you may not give much thought to the risk that you could be hurt in a car accident on the job. However, occupational traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of workers' compensation claims in the United States. Furthermore, the risk is not limited to people who drive for a living. In fact, it may be higher for those whose on-the-job driving is more limited.