Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Green Bay, WI
Northeastern Wisconsin workers who have been injured on the job or who have developed an occupational illness deserve to make informed decisions about their options with the assistance of a workers’ compensation lawyer Green Bay, WI residents trust. As a result, we ensure that our phones are answered 24 hours a day and that our case evaluation process is free to anyone interested in learning more about their options. We make sure that our potential clients have nothing to lose by asking questions and having their cases evaluated at no cost in a confidential, obligation-free consultation setting. If you are interested in learning more about your rights to workers’ compensation, call us today. If you’re unsure of whether you’re even eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, call us today. Once we learn more about the details surrounding your work-related injury or illness, we’ll be able to advise you regarding any options available to you accordingly.
Am I Eligible to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Take a look at your most recent paystub. Did your employer withhold taxes from your paycheck? If so, you’re classified as either a part-time or full-time employee. The overwhelming majority of employees in the U.S. are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, as long as they don’t work in a handful of specialty industries, including most of the maritime industry and the railroad industry. The other major exception to employee coverage under workers’ compensation in Wisconsin isn’t immigration status, age, or hours worked per week. None of these factors matter when it comes to your eligibility. The only other major factor that will influence your eligibility is the size of the company you work for. If your employer only keeps a few individuals on its payroll, that company may be exempt from coverage requirements.
If your employer did not withhold taxes on your most recent paystub, you are currently classified as an independent contractor. This classification may be proper or it may be improper. Sometimes, employers (either knowingly or unknowingly) classify employees as independent contractors in an effort to save money. If you’ve been improperly classified as an independent contractor, you may be entitled to the same workers’ compensation coverage that employees are entitled to. If you’re unsure of whether your classification as an independent contractor is proper or improper, ask our firm’s Green Bay, WI workers’ compensation lawyer team for clarification and assistance.
Finally, note that if you’re eligible for workers’ compensation benefits generally, your claim will be denied if you purposefully hurt yourself in an effort to receive benefits. Your claim will also be denied if you were intoxicated or drugged at the time you sustained your injuries or illness, or your injuries were caused by a fight you initiated. You must have been performing work-related activities at the time you suffered harm to be eligible for a workers’ compensation award.
Legal Assistance Is Available
You don’t need to know whether you’re eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to schedule a free, risk-free consultation with Hickey & Turim S.C. Pick up the phone today so that an experienced Green Bay, WI workers’ compensation lawyer can advise you of your options during this challenging time; we look forward to speaking with you.