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Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits

Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits

Though the law varies from state to state, in Wisconsin, there are two situations where a worker’s family is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits following the death of the worker.  If the worker dies as the result of work-related accident or occupational disease, or if the worker dies while … Continue reading

Types of Compromises in Worker’s Compensation Law

Types of Compromises in Worker’s Compensation Law

Full and Final v. Limited Compromise There are two different types of compromises that are commonly used in Worker’s Compensation cases: 1) Full and Final, or 2) Limited. These compromises are used to settle Worker’s Compensation cases or avoid a formal Hearing or court date. Below are some brief descriptions … Continue reading

Analyzing Recent Changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act

Analyzing Recent Changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act

In 2008, Congress passed a landmark set of amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The new law went into effect January 1, 2009.  Under the old ADA, most people who tried to sue for employment discrimination on the basis of a disability were found not to be disabled … Continue reading

When Does Worker’s Compensation Law Apply?

When Does Worker’s Compensation Law Apply?

Wisconsin law requires worker’s compensation benefits to be paid “Where, at the time of injury, the employee is performing service growing out of and incidental to his or her employment.”  Many claims are easy: an employee is injured, on the job site, usually by a simple slip and fall or … Continue reading

Wisconsin Workers’ Comp Medical Costs Per Claim Increasing

Wisconsin Workers’ Comp Medical Costs Per Claim Increasing

The increased cost and more frequent use of medical care provided to injured workers in Wisconsin drove up the average medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in recent years, according to a new study by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study, CompScope Benchmarks for Wisconsin, 11th … Continue reading

What You Should and Shouldn’t Tell the Insurance Company

What You Should and Shouldn’t Tell the Insurance Company

Do NOT Give a Recorded Statement Clients constantly ask if they are required to give a recorded statement to the Worker’s Compensation insurance company. The simple answer is no. You are in no way required to offer any statement to the insurance company. Why Shouldn’t I Give a Recorded Statement? … Continue reading

How the Recession Impacts Injured Workers

How the Recession Impacts Injured Workers

Recession Impacting Return to Work of Injured Workers: Study Examines Role of Workers’ Compensation Systems CAMBRIDGE, MA, November 29, 2011 –Against a backdrop of high unemployment, some injured workers may face even greater challenges in returning to work, leading to potential increases in the duration of disability, according to a new study, … Continue reading

What is an “Occupational Injury?”

What is an “Occupational Injury?”

Occupational Injury v. Traumatic Injury When you think of an injury, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most likely it is someone getting hurt in an accident, falling, or even getting hit by an object or person. This type of injury, which is known as a traumatic … Continue reading

Is Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery Covered Under Workers Compensation?

Is Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery Covered Under Workers Compensation?

What is Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery? It is surgery that is intended to modify or improve the appearance of a physical feature, irregularity, or defect. Is Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery Covered under Workers Compensation in Wisconsin? Yes. If your doctor indicates that the recommended surgery is “work-related” or needed as … Continue reading

John T. vs Potawatomi

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Case Study: John worked as a janitor at Potawatomi for nearly 2 years. One day someone spilled some water on the floor directly outside his office. Not knowing that there had been a spill, John slipped on the water and fell on his right knee. He yelled for help and … Continue reading