If you are injured at work, you’re likely entitled to benefits through Wisconsin’s Workers’ Compensation system. Workers’ compensation benefits are available to employees who suffer a workplace accident or occupational injury. But you should take steps to protect your right to receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.
When you suffer a workplace injury, the first thing you need to do is treat your injury. If your injury is serious, you should ask to be taken to urgent care or a hospital emergency room. Be sure to emphasize to the doctor that the injury occurred at work and ask them to put that in their notes. Many times, urgent care or emergency room doctors only write down the condition and your symptoms, but do not comment on the “how” and “why.” Documentation on the “how” and “why” is critical to the success of a worker’s compensation claim, and you must ask the doctor for that.
As soon as you are able, you should report your workplace injuries to your employer and inform them of your symptoms. Even if you ultimately decide not to pursue workers’ compensation, you should still report any workplace injuries. Reporting injuries to your employer increases the likelihood of successfully recovering financial compensation through the workers’ compensation system and will enable your employer to address any unsafe working conditions that caused your injuries.
Your employer will ask you to complete forms to document the claim and will file the claim with their workers’ compensation administrator.
Once your immediate workplace injuries are under control, you should seek further medical care. Every time you see a doctor, tell them that your injuries are work-related and how they occurred. Be sure to comply with the recommended treatment and actively participate in your recovery process.
You should seek professional medical help as soon as possible after sustaining a workplace injury. Delay might have negative health consequences and could jeopardize your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.
If you sustained a visible injury, take photographs of your injuries both as soon as possible after they occurred and as you progress through the healing process. As you heal, your body will change a little bit each day. By documenting your progress, you can prove to the workers’ compensation insurance company the nature and extent of your injuries and how they affected your daily life and your ability to earn a living. If your injury is not visible, create a journal on your healing process including your progress week-by-week, and any activities that aggravate your symptoms.
You should also create a file to maintain the expenses related to treatment you receive for your workplace injuries, including medical bills and records, prescription and non-prescription medications, and time missed from work.
Finally, you should contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. While not all workplace injuries require an attorney’s assistance, a lawyer can ensure that you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to, can help you navigate the complex workers’ compensation process, and advise you on the best way to proceed with your claim.
An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can also help you complete any paperwork necessary to document your claim to maximize your benefits.
Although you are not required to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer, there are many benefits to working with an experienced professional. Kingree Law offers free consultations to discuss your workers’ compensation claim and provides personalized service throughout the process. Attorney Luke Kingree will analyze your claim, assist with filing your claim and any supporting documentation, and ensure that you do not miss important deadlines or make mistakes that could jeopardize your claim.
If you were injured at work, Kingree Law can help you recover workers’ compensation benefits. Luke Kingree will evaluate your circumstances, explain the workers’ compensation process, and fight for the benefits you deserve.
Kingree Law handles workers' compensation claims on a contingency fee, which means you won’t pay an attorney’s fee unless we recover money for you.
To learn more, read our FAQ section and Information Center on workers’ compensation benefits. Then contact Kingree Law today to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your situation and how we can help.