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Forklift injuries change lives and cause disabilities

Imagine heading to your job, just like any other day. Today is different, though, because a new employee decided to get on the forklift to move pallets for the manager. The problem is that the employee didn't have the right training, and he caused the pallets to become unstable. As a result, you suffered a blow to the head because of the items that fell from above.

Forklift injuries may be severe, and they can result in life-changing disabilities. Forklift injuries can include crushing injuries, strains, sprains, lacerations and other serious wounds.

These 3 benefits make workers' compensation important

As an employee in Wisconsin, you know that you have a right to a safe work environment. You should also be aware that your employer should carry either private insurance or a workers' compensation policy in case of employees' injuries. While there are a few classes of employees who are not covered by workers' compensation in Wisconsin, like domestic servants, volunteers and some farm employees, on the whole, most people should be entitled to compensation if they're injured.

There are several benefits to receiving workers' compensation after an injury. These are just a few you may be entitled to. If your claim is denied, your attorney may be able to assist you with an appeal.

Were you denied benefits for being an independent contractor?

Let's say you show up to work at your construction job every day and work carefully alongside your colleagues - who are painters, carpenters and roofers. It looks like you're all employees together, and the same boss pays your salary. The thing is, you're classified as an "independent contractor," but coworkers are "employees."

As a result, when you fell off a scaffold and broke your leg, your employer and its insurance company tried to use the fact that you're an independent contractor as a reason not to pay for your medical care.

Are Menards Drivers Independent Contractors?

Menards, a large home-improvement retail chain based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is the target of a federal complaint by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), accusing the superstore of misclassifying delivery drivers as independent contractors. Independent contractors do not enjoy the same workplace protections as employees, and would not, for example, be able to claim workers' compensation benefits after being injured on the job.

An administrative hearing is scheduled for April 4 in Minneapolis.

4 things you need to know about workers' comp

You retired last year, ready to have the easy life and get back to the woodworking project that's been in the garage for the last 10 years. Everything was great the first few months, until the boredom set in.

Your social security isn't quite enough to make you as comfortable as you would like, and since you were running out of things to do, it seemed like a good idea to pick up some part-time work at the local furniture store.

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