The steps you take in the days and weeks following a work-related injury can greatly impact your workers' compensation claim. Without adhering to proper procedures, your claim may be denied, your benefits could be delayed or your injury may worsen if you don't take proper care.
Seasonal work like construction is picking up as the Wisconsin spring slowly arrives. Road work, sidewalk and median maintenance, and new building construction will soon be underway throughout the area.
If you were hurt at work, you may think filing a workers' compensation claim is your only option. In most situations, a work comp claim is the only recourse - paying lost time benefits, medical bills and potentially permanent disability or vocational benefits. That means no damages for pain and suffering or the impact on your family.
Even when you have the proper training, there are many occupations that come with inherent risks. After all, accidents happen in virtually any employment setting. If you sustain an injury on the job, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. Depending upon the factors surrounding the injury or illness, you may also be able to file a third-party claim against a non-employer. Specifically, if someone/something outside of your employer or coworker was responsible for your injury, you may explore a third-party personal injury lawsuit.
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.
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.
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.
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.