Suffered an injury on the job? Dealing with a disabling physical or mental condition that prevents you from working?  

At Fitzgerald & Bomier, we understand the difficulties a serious injury or medical condition can present. Workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims are controlled by various government agencies with specific regulations. While any legal claim can be confusing, these types of claims are especially complex due to their strict rules and requirements. 

For this reason, it’s important to speak with a knowledgeable attorney who is familiar with the laws surrounding your unique case. Our experienced workers’ compensation and disability lawyers in Neenah are committed to helping injured workers and disabled individuals through the difficult legal process to receive the benefits they need.

If You’ve Been Injured on the Job 

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Workers’ compensation laws in Wisconsin entitle workers who have been injured on the job or developed an occupational disease to certain benefits. These benefits are provided by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company and can help cover medical bills, lost wages, permanent disability benefits, and more. 

If you have been injured on the job, here are the steps you’ll need to follow in order to file a Wisconsin workers’ compensation claim

Step 1: Notify Your Employer 

The first step to receiving workers’ comp benefits is to notify your employer. This should be done as soon as possible because any delays can potentially damage your claim.

Step 2: Seek Medical Treatment

Promptly seek attention from a medical professional for your workplace injury or illness. Make sure to tell your doctor how and when your injury occurred in exact detail. After you have received medical treatment, inform your employer of any work restrictions outlined by your doctor.

Step 3: Complete Necessary Paperwork

Your employer will provide the required forms for you to complete. Be prepared to provide detailed information such as the date of your accident or injury, current wages, medical records, and other supporting evidence. 

Your employer is responsible for contacting their workers’ compensation insurance carrier and submitting the necessary paperwork for your claim. After your employer informs their insurance carrier, you should be contacted about the status of your claim. 

When to Contact a Workers’ Comp Attorney

If you don’t hear from the insurance company or your claim is denied, contacting a workers’ compensation attorney will be to your advantage. Although you aren’t required to have legal representation, a lawyer will make the appeals process easier and give you the best chance of receiving the benefits you deserve. 

Dealing with the aftermath of a workplace injury or illness can be incredibly overwhelming. Questions such as ‘What happens if I miss work because of my injury?’ ‘Will I receive payment for lost wages?’ ‘How are my benefits calculated?’ ‘Can I sue my employer?’ will likely flood your mind. 

Our skilled and compassionate workers’ comp attorneys at Fitzgerald & Bomier are here to make sure none of your questions go unanswered.

If You’re Suffering From a Disabling Physical or Mental Condition

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In addition to workers’ comp claims, the legal team at Fitzgerald & Bomier represents disabled individuals in Neenah who are applying and/or appealing for Social Security disability benefits. 

If you are disabled and have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you have likely realized how difficult and tedious the process can be. These government programs have strict requirements and are quick to deny applicants who are missing any of the necessary paperwork.

Ensuring you have everything you need for a successful claim on top of dealing with a disabling physical or mental condition can become frustrating, especially if you aren’t able to work and pay your bills. 

This is why hiring a qualified disability lawyer will be to your benefit. An attorney can coordinate with the SSA on your behalf and help you gather all the medical evidence and documentation required to obtain disability benefits. 

Qualifications for Social Security Disability

In order to qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits, you must meet the government’s strict definition of disability. The SSA will only consider you to be entitled to benefits if:

  • You cannot do the work that you did before.
  • It is determined that you cannot adjust to other types of work for which you are qualified because of your medical condition.
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death.

Many applicants assume that qualifying for disability benefits is solely based on their particular condition, however, eligibility is largely work based. In other words, a large portion of the SSA’s decision to approve or deny your application is based on your ability to work. 

If you’re suffering from severe shoulder pain, for instance, but are still capable of performing your job and earning a living, the SSA will likely not consider you to be disabled.

You Can Count on Fitzgerald & Bomier

If you’ve suffered a debilitating condition, you can count on Fitzgerald & Bomier to help you navigate the tricky legal process. Our Neenah disability lawyers have many years of experience handling the Social Security system and Wisconsin workers’ compensation claims. 

Dealing with insurance companies or a denied disability application can be frustrating, but the right legal guidance can help turn your situation around. Call us today at (920) 486-1525, or fill out our free consultation form below.

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