What’s Your Question?
What if I was partially to blame for my own injury?
You are still entitled to workers’ compensation. Wisconsin takes a no-fault approach to workers’ compensation. This means you are eligible for benefits and medical care reimbursement even if you, a fellow employee or your employer was careless or negligent.
What if the injury was caused by a customer?
If somebody who doesn’t work for your employer — a customer, vendor or some other party — caused the injury or illness, you have the option of filing a third-party claim. You should talk to one of our lawyers at Siedow & Jackson, SC, about this.
What if my employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance?
Wisconsin has a separate fund to pay benefits for such workers. You can also make an anonymous report about your employer’s lack of coverage to the state of Wisconsin. Employers face heavy fines for not covering workers.
Can my employer fire me for filing a workers’ compensation claim?
No, your employer cannot fire you specifically because you filed a claim. However, employers can potentially come up with any number of other reasons for dismissing you later. It’s worth noting, however, that workers’ compensation may be the best chance you have at receiving benefits to help pay for your recovery, whether you end up returning to your original employer or going somewhere else.
I hurt myself because my employer removed the safety guards on a machine. What can I do?
If your injury was caused by your employer’s failure to comply with a safety requirement, your employer may be penalized, thus entitling you to a greater level of compensation.
Is it possible to collect workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability at the same time?
Yes. There is a formula that entitles you to a specific amount of money monthly.
Why don’t I just sue my employer instead of opting for workers’ comp?
You can’t. Workers’ compensation is set up to avoid such suits, which are expensive and often contentious. Under workers’ compensation, you are assured of coverage for any legitimate work-related injury. It’s a trade-off, but that’s the way it is.