Most people have heard of worker’s comp, but they probably don’t know what their rights are according to the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Act.
But it’s important to know what your worker’s compensation rights are before you suffer a work-related injury, not after. Because the more unsure you are about what action to take and what is covered under worker’s comp, the less likely you are to file a claim. And if you’ve suffered a job related injury, you need a fair settlement to continue your quality of life.
According to the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development, the mission of the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Act is to promote healthy and safe work environments. With a few exceptions, every employee in the state is covered under the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Act.
There have also been several recent changes to the Worker’s Compensation Act. These changes in legislation took effect earlier in March 2016 and will continue to impact the rights of Wisconsin workers.
Under the new Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation law:
-The statute of limitations, (i.e. the amount of time you have between suffering the injury and submitting a claim), for traumatic work injuries has been reduced from 12 years to 6 years. The 12 year statute of limitations for occupational disease claims remains unchanged.
-Injured workers who are terminated by their employer for “misconduct” or “substantial fault” during their recovery time won’t get their temporary total disability (TTD) benefits.
-In some circumstances, injured workers who violate their employer’s drug and alcohol policies are not eligible to receive monetary benefits from their employer.
-Wisconsin judges can order the worker’s comp insurance carrier to pay an injured worker’s academic retraining benefits before they’ve enrolled in any classes.
-Doctors of injured workers have to disclose to worker’s comp insurance carriers how the injured worker’s injury was caused by work and how it was caused by “other factors” so the carrier knows which medical bills they are liable to pay, and which ones they aren’t.
If you’re looking to file a worker’s comp insurance claim, contact one of the experienced, worker’s compensation attorneys at Nowlan & Mouat. Wisconsin workers who have suffered job related injuries know they can trust our worker’s comp attorneys to help them collect the benefits and compensation their owed.