Employers in Wisconsin are required to provide workers with workers’ compensation insurance, which means that when a worker is injured or becomes severely sick while on the job in Brookfield, Wisconsin, he or she is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits during recovery. Under the Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Act, injured or sick workers are provided with reasonable medical expenses, as well as compensation for lost wages due to their work-related injuries or illness.
Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that employers are generally required to purchase for their employees in Wisconsin. When a worker suffers a work-related injury or illness, the employee can file a workers’ compensation claim against the insurance provider for medical expenses and/or lost wages. Sometimes an employer or the workers’ compensation insurance company might dispute a worker’s claim. If that happens, you need an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to advise you on what to do and how to proceed.
What Employees Are Covered By Workers’ Compensation?
Nearly all Wisconsin employees are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, with few and limited exceptions. For instance, domestic servants, some farm hand employees, volunteers or non-profits who earn no more than 10 dollars a week, and certified religious sect member, are often not eligible. There are also a few exceptions for:
- Federal workers and railroad workers, who are covered by the Federal Employers Liability Act;
- Seamen, who are covered under the Merchant Marine Act of 1920; and
- Workers who load and unload ships, who are covered by the Longshoremen’s and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
All other workers generally are covered by under Wisconsin’s Workers’ Compensation Act.
What Is Covered By Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation covers the following items:
- Reasonable and necessary medical expenses;
- Vocational rehabilitation and retraining, if needed;
- Temporary wage benefits for the work time that is lost due to recovery from your work-related injury or illness, taking the form of temporary partial disability, or temporary total disability;
- Permanent partial disability or permanent total disability benefits, if applicable; and
- Death benefits to surviving family members, if applicable.
When you are injured or become ill due to your work, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits while you recover. An experienced Brookfield workers’ compensation lawyer can help you determine your eligibility, file a claim, or deal with a dispute. Contact Groth Law Firm, S.C. today for a free, confidential consultation. We can be reached by calling 877-375-7001. We are on your side, helping you get the compensation that you deserve for your work-related injury or illness.