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What to do if my workers’ compensation claim is denied?

Many people in Milwaukee assume that if they suffer an injury on the job that their workers’ compensation claims will automatically be approved. But there are many reasons why claims are denied. If you recently filed a claim for benefits only to receive a denial letter, you do have options available. 

You may challenge that denial by filing an appeal. Before you do, you should learn more about the process to avoid delays and complications with your case. 

Understanding brain injuries in the workplace

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.

Falling down on the job: common construction injuries

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.

Common misunderstandings about worker's compensation

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.

Workplace injury rates declining in Wisconsin

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.

Farm safety hazards aren't always obvious

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.

New law improves worker retraining benefits

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.

Understanding worker classification and worker's comp

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.

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