Workplace injuries can create difficulty and uncertainty in your life. Not only do you need time to recover, but you also need compensation to support yourself if you cannot resume work right away due to your injuries. Filing for worker’s compensation can also be challenging. This is especially true if your employer refuses to pay the compensation or benefits you need. All of these factors can add to the stress you are already dealing with your injuries. Below are three steps to take in order to effectively navigate worker’s comp claims.
Understand Your Rights
You must understand your rights when filing for worker’s compensation claims. We would like to assume that your employer and insurance company has your best interest in mind. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Therefore, you need to understand your rights and the type of compensation you are entitled to when filing for worker’s compensation.
You can receive compensation for workplace injuries even if the accident was your fault. However, you cannot receive compensation for your injuries if the injury did not take place while you were working. There can be some difficulties in this area as questions arise about injuries that happen when leaving work or walking in the parking lot. Having the right lawyer on your side will clarify all of these difficulties.
Your employer is required to maintain worker’s comp insurance. They also cannot discriminate against you, demote you, fire you, or refuse to rehire you because of your worker’s comp claim. If any of this is happening to you, you need to hire an attorney who will fight for your rights.
What types of compensation am I entitled to?
If you have been injured in a workplace accident or by another employee, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and any future problems that may arise from them. You should receive compensation for all of your medical expenses. You should also be compensated for any wages lost if you are unable to work for a while because of your injuries. Unfortunately, some workplace injuries can have lasting effects on you. If this is the case, you are also entitled to compensation for those expenses, whether they are medical, compensation for loss of wages or both.
Hire an Experienced Attorney
Even if you are not going to court, you need to hire a dedicated attorney. Having the counsel of someone who knows the ins and outs of Wisconsin worker’s compensation laws will give you the best chance of receiving the compensation you deserve. This is especially the case if you have long-standing injuries. Employers and insurance companies may try to get out of paying you the full benefits you need. However, by hiring a trusted attorney, you can be confident that you will receive the best representation and compensation for your claim.
File for Worker’s Compensation or an Additional Lawsuit
Filing for a worker’s compensation claim is typically done through your company. Then, you will work with your employer and their insurance company to receive your compensation. This can, unfortunately, become challenging and messy at times. Employers and insurance companies want the cheapest payout or no payout at all. This can lead them to deny some of the benefits or the entire claim. If this happens, you can file a claim and request a hearing. Then, an arbitrator will review your case and decide whether your benefits or claim itself should be accepted or denied. Additional appeals can even be filed if necessary, and a case could be heard in circuit courts, appellate courts, or even the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Schedule a Consultation with Phil Dahlberg to Help Navigate Your Worker’s Comp Claims
Navigating a worker’s comp claim can be challenging. However, by following these steps you can ease the uncertainty that comes with workplace injuries. Also, by hiring Phil Dahlberg, an experienced attorney from Dahlberg Law Group, you can have the peace of mind that your claim will be filed correctly. Plus, you can be confident that you have someone on your side who is dedicated to your case. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law, Phil has the knowledge and skill to represent you.
Struggling to navigate through worker’s comp claims? Connect with Phil today and set up a consultation.