A workplace injury includes any injury or illness that occurs in relation to an employee's job. Despite significant improvements in workplace safety, Wisconsin workers are still subjected to dangerous conditions that can lead to serious injuries. Wisconsin law requires that every employer provide injured workers with workers’ compensation coverage that will protect them in the event of an injury at work.
A workplace injury can have a significant impact on your life. You may have suffered a minor injury that requires little treatment and a few days off of work. Or perhaps you suffered a significant workplace injury that makes it difficult or even impossible for you to return to your job. Regardless of the extent and severity of your injuries, Wisconsin’s workers’ compensation system provides benefits for workers who were injured in the workplace.
If you suffered a workplace injury, it is important that you understand your rights and that you receive all the compensation that you are entitled to receive. Kingree Law will evaluate your claim, explain the benefits you are entitled to receive, guide you through the workers’ compensation process, and act as your advocate to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the benefits you are owed.
Workers’ compensation coverage applies when an employee is injured or suffers a work-related condition or disability while in the course and scope of their employment. To be covered under Wisconsin workers’ compensation, the injury does not need to be the result of a workplace event. Covered injuries also include injuries due to overuse or repetitive use, weakening of body parts over time, or exposure to hazardous chemicals or other harmful materials.
While Wisconsin’s workers’ compensation system appears straightforward, there are nuances that can complicate your claim and make it difficult to recover the benefits you are entitled to receive. Luke Kingree is an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can provide you with peace of mind and maximize your financial recovery after a workplace injury.
Attorney Luke Kingree represents people throughout Wisconsin who have suffered a wide variety of work-related injuries. Common work-related injuries include:
Wisconsin workers’ compensation will pay for the cost of doctor’s bills, hospital expenses, and medication and other prescriptions required to treat a job-related injury. In addition, workers’ compensation will pay benefits depending on the nature of the workers’ injuries and the extent of the worker’s disability.
Temporary Total Disability (TTD) covers the period an employee cannot work immediately after a work-related injury. TTD benefits are paid when an employee is unable to work and has a total loss of wages, and while the employee is recovering and is able to perform some job functions but the employer cannot provide work that fits within the limitations set by the worker’s doctor.
TTD benefits are usually two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage, up to a maximum amount specified by law.
Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits are paid when an employee is working a lesser-paying job or is working fewer hours because of the temporary effect of a workplace injury. TPD benefits are paid during the time the employee is working the lesser paying job and are paid until the worker’s condition has stabilized and treatment is unlikely to result in additional improvement.
The amount of TPD benefits will vary and is equal to two-thirds of the difference between the employee’s wage at the time of the injury and what they are earning while on light duty.
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits are paid for permanent disabilities that will continue after the injury has healed. PPD covers a percentage of permanent damage to the body part after the worker has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI).
The length of PPD benefits is determined by either a schedule that provides a corresponding number of weeks for which benefits are allowed or as a percentage of 1,000 weeks.
PPD benefits are paid at a maximum of $362 per week for injuries occurring between January 1, 2017, and April 9, 2022, and at $415 per week for injuries occurring after April 9, 2022. The rate will increase again to $430 per week for injuries occurring after January 1, 2023.
Permanent Total Disability (PTD) benefits cover severe, long-lasting or catastrophic injuries to the head, neck, back or body as a whole that prevent an employee from performing any gainful employment. PTD benefits are paid for life in an amount equal to two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage, up to a maximum amount specified by law.
Nearly all employees in the state of Wisconsin are entitled to workers’ compensation coverage. Workers’ compensation will apply as long as you are an employee and the injury was job-related. Even if the injury was caused by your own carelessness, if the injury occurred while you were on the job, workers’ compensation will still apply.
Workers are even covered for employment-related injuries that occur away from the workplace, such as if you were injured in an accident while making deliveries, traveling between job sites, or injured in the parking lot on company property before or after your shift.
Although you are not required to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer, there are many benefits to working with an experienced professional. Kingree Law offers a free consultation to discuss your claim and provides personalized service throughout the process. Attorney Luke Kingree will analyze your situation, assist with appealing a denied claim and filing any supporting documentation, build the strongest case possible, and ensure that you do not miss important deadlines or make mistakes that could jeopardize your claim.
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.