If you have been injured at work or became sick as a direct result of your job, you could be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. To proceed with a workers’ compensation claim, there are certain procedures you, your employer, and the insurance carrier all need to follow before you can potentially receive benefits for a work-related injury or illness.
Workers’ compensation claims are regulated by state law, so consulting a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney that is familiar with the specific regulations in your state is always in your best interest. Fitzgerald & Bomier, LLC has dedicated a significant portion of their practice to handling workers’ compensation claims in Wisconsin. From helping you prepare the required documents, to responding to insurance companies, our experienced staff can assist you through every step of the way.
When you’ve been injured on the job and need workers’ compensation benefits to make up for any medical bills or lost wages, we understand that time is of the essence to get the matter resolved. That’s why Fitzgerald & Bomier, LLC is here to guide you through the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim as efficiently as possible.
I’ve Been Injured At Work. What Now?
First things first, after an injury in the workplace, it is imperative that you notify your employer as quickly as possible. Even if the injury seems minor and you believe it will heal quickly. Any delays in informing your employer can hinder your claim and ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
It’s always important to promptly seek medical treatment after an injury. Be specific when describing your pain and how the injury occurred to your doctor. This is not only necessary to ensure your health, but when it comes to filing a workers’ compensation claim, you will need to provide accurate documents from your doctor regarding treatment recommendations and any work restrictions. Additionally, any medical bills that arise as a result of your work injury should be kept, because they may be reimbursed later on.
Choosing not to seek medical treatment or failing to notify your employer in a timely manner can result in your workers’ compensation claim being denied.
What Are Your Employer and Insurance Company’s Responsibilities?
After you have sought medical treatment and promptly informed your employer of the nature of your injury and any work limitations it has caused, the matter rests in your employer’s hands. They are obligated to contact their workers’ compensation insurance company about your claim.
Your employer’s insurance carrier should then report your injury/illness to the Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Division and contact you directly. Depending on the circumstances of your claim, the insurance carrier is responsible for paying any benefits you might be entitled to after an injury in the workplace. These benefits can include, medical expenses, permanent disability benefits, and compensation for lost wages if your doctor has authorized your absence from work for at least three days. If you are not contacted within a reasonable time period after your injury, there might be a problem, and you should speak with a workers’ compensation attorney that can help you seek a response and sort out any issues.
After your claim has been reviewed, if you are owed compensation, you should receive a check from your employer’s insurance company typically within 14 days of your injury.
How Can A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Help You?
In an ideal world, individuals who are injured at work would be able to easily file a claim through a no-fuss, no-hassle process. While some cases may indeed work out that way, often times injured workers and their families have many questions that go unanswered, and they are left to fend for themselves in a time where they need help the most.
You can file a workers’ compensation claim and go through the process alone, but you’re likely to have many questions that insurance companies might not fully explain, or worse, ignore. With more than 35 years of experience serving injured Wisconsin workers, the team at Fitzgerald & Bomier, LLC has the knowledge and skills to ensure your interests are being protected. We can provide answers to vital questions that arise, such as:
- What happens if I miss work for this injury?
- How are my weekly disability benefits calculated?
- How much am I paid for lost wages?
- Is workers’ compensation taxable?
- Can I sue my employer for my injury?
- Can I pick my own doctor?
- What treatment expenses are covered?
- What happens if I can’t return to my job?
- Do I have to accept alternate work offered by my employer?
- Can my employer fire me?
- Do I receive help finding a new job?
In addition to clearing up any uncertainties, the workers’ compensation attorneys at Fitzgerald & Bomier, LLC are compassionate and dedicated to helping you receive the benefits you rightfully deserve. We’ll not only answer your questions but make every effort to provide comfort through this confusing, stressful time. We understand how difficult it is to be injured at your place of work, and that it’s necessary to receive workers’ compensation to continue with life while you recover.
Call our office at 800-928-2667 to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney that cares. Our consultations are free, and all fees are contingent upon our team obtaining benefits for you and your family. Fitzgerald & Bomier, LLC takes the guesswork out of filing a workers’ compensation claim in Wisconsin. Don’t wait until it’s too late, contact us today.