On-the-job injuries can happen in any occupation. Whether the result of a work-related accident or due to dangerous conditions you are exposed to on the job site, the injuries you suffer can impact every area of your life. You may be unable to work or perform tasks required of your job, while your medical care and treatment leaves you facing a mountain of medical bills. When these types of injuries threaten your health and financial security, our Wauwatosa workers’ compensation attorneys at Groth Law, S.C. are here to help.
Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation In Wisconsin
If you are involved in a work-related accident or suffer injuries during the course of your job duties, you may be entitled to benefits that can help you recover. Through the Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Act, most public and private workers are covered, regardless of whether they work on a full or part-time basis. Those who may be excluded from coverage include:
- Some types of farm hands or domestic workers;
- Volunteers and nonprofit employees making under a set amount of income;
- Workers who are covered under other types of employee compensation and benefit programs, such as some federal workers, merchant marines, and longshoremen.
Under the Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Act, employers are required to provide benefits for any worker who becomes injured or ill while performing services or job duties that are a part of their job or incidental to their employment. Even if you were responsible for the accident that led to your injuries, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in Wisconsin provided the injuries were not self inflicted and alcohol or drugs were not involved.
Injuries Covered by the Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Program
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), roughly 78,000 workers in Wisconsin are hurt on the job each year. Among the most common types of work-related injuries suffered by clients include:
- Injuries due to slips, trips, and falls;
- Crushing injuries due to being struck by or against an object;
- Electrocutions and chemical or thermal burns;
- Severe cuts and amputations of limbs or body parts;
- Overexertion and repetitive stress related injuries;
- Injuries caused by acts of violence on the part of customers or co-workers;
- Diseases due to exposure to chemicals or toxic substances.
Any of the above conditions can have serious and potentially life-threatening impacts. Unfortunately, the BLS reports that roughly 100 workers in Wisconsin die as the result of their injuries each year. Those that do recover often face ongoing medical costs, along with disabilities that prevent them from working now and in years to come.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Available
Wisconsin workers’ compensation benefits are administered through the state’s Department of Workforce and Development (DWD). The following are benefits that may be available to you through the workers’ compensation program:
- Medical expenses: All reasonable and medically necessary diagnostic testing, treatment, and follow up care related to your job-related injury or illness.
- Benefits for temporary wage loss: While you recover from your injury or illness you may be entitled to temporary partial disability payments (TPD) if you are unable to perform certain tasks or functions at your job. You may be entitled to temporary total disability (TTD) if you are unable to work at all during your recovery period.
- Benefits for permanent disabilities: If you suffer permanent disabilities as a result of your injury or illness, you may be entitled to either partial or total disability benefits. The amount of compensation is based on the severity of your injuries, and the actual and potential amount of earnings lost.
- Vocational rehabilitation and training: If your injuries prevent you from returning to your previous job or trade, you may be able to get retraining to help you enter a more suitable position or career field
- Death benefits: In the unfortunate event that a worker’s injuries or illness prove to be fatal, their surviving family members may be entitled to reimbursement for funeral and burial costs, along with compensation to make up for future losses in contributions and earnings.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
When you suffer injuries that have the potential to impact your health and financial security, you need a trusted legal advocate working to ensure your rights and interests are protected. At Groth Law, S.C., we have extensive knowledge and years of experience helping clients in Wauwatosa and the surrounding areas get the compensation they deserve. Call or contact our Wisconsin workers’ compensation lawyers today and request a consultation to see how we can assist you.