Milwaukee Work Comp Law Firm
When you go to work, you never expect to suffer an injury. Even when you are in a trade where injuries are more frequent, like construction, you don’t intend to be the victim of workplace injuries.
But when that happens, what do you do? Your first step is to make sure you are healthy and your injuries are cared for by medical professionals. After that, it’s time to speak with a skilled and experienced Milwaukee work comp law firm, such as Hickey & Turim, S.C.
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is insurance coverage carried by your employer. This insurance covers lost wages, medical expenses, and rehabilitation costs for employees who are injured on the job.
Workers’ compensation insurance is no fault which means that it does not matter who caused the injury, the benefit is owed to you if you were injured on the job. However, there are exceptions. If you intended to injure yourself or someone else and you suffered an injury because of your actions, then you would likely not be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. There are other exceptions and that’s why it’s important to speak with a Milwaukee work comp law firm today.
Do I let my employer know I was injured?
Yes. Part of the workers’ compensation claims process is to alert your employer of your injury. Most employers will provide you with a form to complete requesting detailed information about your injury and what caused the accident.
- Report your injury to your employer
- File a workers’ compensation claim
- Seek medical treatment from your doctor, not your employer’s doctor
Do not assume the issue will simply go away and do not provide false information. Workers’ compensation is a complex legal process. Hickey & Turim, S.C. is ready to help guide you through the process. Call our Milwaukee workers’ compensation lawyers today.
Can I still file a personal injury claim?
It depends. You might also be able to file a personal injury claim to recover damages for your injuries. If your employer, or a third party, acted negligently, recklessly, or carelessly, you may bring a personal injury claim.
When you file a workers’ compensation claim, that is a claim for benefits. There is no determination of fault. Filing a personal injury claim seeks to hold someone else accountable for your injuries. In addition, you can also seek pain and suffering damages which are not part of a workers’ compensation claim. A Milwaukee work comp law firm can help you to know more about your legal options during a consultation.
What does my employer have to do?
Workers’ compensation laws vary by state. But there are some federal regulations which all companies must follow.
- Post compliance posters
- Investigate every reported injury
- Provide reports to insurance provider
- Provide immediate medical treatment for injured workers
Besides that, your employer cannot discriminate against you after you have filed a workers’ compensation claim. If you are fired, demoted, receive a pay cut, or otherwise discriminated against after you file a claim, that constitutes illegal workplace retaliation by your employer and your lawyer can help you protect your rights.
Hickey & Turim, S.C. can give you the peace of mind you deserve.
We can answer all of the questions above and the countless others you may have. Do not settle for a one size fits all solution. We provide you with guidance and compassion throughout the complex workers’ compensation claim process. Contact Hickey & Turim, S.C., a leading Milwaukee work comp law firm, today to get started.