Work accidents—also known as traumatic work injuries—are one of two types of injury claims covered under Wisconsin workers’ compensation law. A work accident happens when you suffer a traumatic injury at work and you can identify a specific moment when the injury occurred. These claims are different from occupational injuries, which happen gradually over time. Regardless of the cause, both types of injuries make you eligible for benefits under the Wisconsin workers’ compensation system.
Under Wisconsin law, you are entitled to compensation after an accident at work, regardless of who caused your injuries. If your claim is denied, seeking a work accident lawyer is the best way to maximize your chances of receiving compensation. To protect yourself and obtain the benefits you deserve, you must understand your rights. Attorney Kingree will evaluate your situation, build your case, and fight the denial.
Unfortunately, work accident injuries are not uncommon. While many work accidents involve machinery and heavy objects, injuries can be caused by the smallest sources, like slipping on a wet floor or falling off a wobbly ladder. Some of the most common work accident injuries include:
If you suffered a work accident injury, give yourself the best chance of recovering the benefits you deserve. Work with an experienced work accident lawyer who knows Wisconsin workers’ compensation law and will fight to maximize your benefits.
Immediately after a work accident, you should report your injuries to your employer and seek medical treatment. Be sure to tell your doctors and other medical providers that you were injured at work and ask that they put it in their notes.
Your medical provider may place you on job restrictions after a work accident. You should share these restrictions with your employer. If you cannot return to work or your employer cannot offer a job that fits within your restrictions, you are entitled to wage loss benefits through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier will also pay for related medical expenses and provide benefits for injuries that are permanent.
Pre-existing conditions are not a defense to a workers’ compensation claim. Under Wisconsin law, your employer takes you “as is.” Even if an accident at work aggravates a pre-existing injury, you are still entitled to benefits. If the aggravation is permanent or accelerates your injuries, the entire condition is treated as a work-related injury, and full benefits are payable.
A work accident can cause severe, life-changing injuries that can impact you and your family for months or even years. Obtaining the compensation you deserve is not always easy, and your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier might refuse to pay you the benefits you deserve.
Work accident injury claims are complex, and subtle nuances can complicate your claim. Kingree Law will analyze your situation, determine the benefits you are entitled to receive, and fight for the compensation 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. Kingree Law has offices in Madison and Eau Claire and proudly represents injured workers throughout Wisconsin.