An Insurance Program For Workers
Workers’ compensation is not a lawsuit. It is an insurance program and part of the employment bargain. Every person in the US has the Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial for personal injuries and must prove negligence on the part of someone else, but workers waive that right by accepting employment in exchange for the workers’ compensation remedy.
Workers’ compensation was the first insurance program in the United States. The purpose of the program is to provide injured workers with a pre-established level of compensation, eliminating the need for costly and time-consuming lawsuits. It doesn’t matter who was at fault for your injuries. If you were hurt on the job, you are supposed to receive compensation to help pay for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Permanent disability (where necessary)
- Job retraining (where necessary)
Wisconsin workers’ compensation law was the first in the United States, passed in 1911 as part of the Wisconsin Idea. It is not an entitlement program. It is your right as a proud Wisconsin worker.
Workers’ compensation is designed to be an “automatic pay” system. If you are hurt on the job, benefits are supposed to be paid without a dispute or need for a lawyer. Many times that is the case.
However, many other times the insurance company will dispute some benefits and you will need to fight for what you are entitled to. That’s where we come in. If you have a dispute in your workers’ compensation claim, come see us and protect your legal rights.
Unfortunately, insurance claims adjusters are often too busy to explain things, and employers are not always helpful. You’re on your own, unless you work with an experienced, effective workers’ compensation lawyer. Siedow & Jackson, SC, is here to help: call 715-318-2743 or toll-free at 888-896-6174.
The System Works Best For Obvious, Short-Term Injuries
Although workers’ compensation is for all workers who have been injured in a variety of ways, from construction accidents to repetitive stress, it works best for those with an easily identified, limited-duration work injury like a sprained ankle or a third-degree burn. When the problem is more protracted or more complicated, as with a long-term injury, occupational illness or permanent disability, it’s more important to work with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney.
Schedule A Consultation
However you were hurt, it can help to get a professional perspective about how the workers’ compensation process works, and what you might expect. To schedule your free initial consultation with one of our respected attorneys in Eau Claire, reach out online or call us at 715-318-2743 or toll-free at 888-896-6174.