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Workers' compensation claims in Wisconsin

Appropriate and honest choices made by an employer may include safety training and risk management for employees that work in hazardous environments. Providing safety equipment and following state-regulated guidelines can make a difference in the overall safety of a workplace and the prevention of workers' compensation claims. A Wisconsin employee who has suffered an injury in an unsafe workplace may choose to investigate their workers' compensation benefits.

A report completed by the National Council on Compensation found that, for every 100,000 workers' compensation claims initiated, Wisconsin is number six for the most severe cases. Many of these serious claims contain injuries that could have been prevented through proper safety procedures and training. Some professionals believe that the failure to provide guards on machines, training, communication of risks, clean work areas and protective gear may be a large factor in the cause of such workers' compensation injury claims.

Many work accidents can still occur, however, regardless of the precautions an employer takes. When this happens, emergency response programs should be maintained and exercised to ensure the safety of the victim and any nearby workers. A victim who has suffered an injury that results in disability or temporary time away from work should be allowed to fully heal before returning to their work duties. Research has found that providing appropriate time to recover is vital in workers' compensation claims.

When a Wisconsin employee is hired, they are guaranteed certain legal rights in the event of a workplace injury or accident. The devastation that can follow a catastrophic injury while on the job can be overwhelming for some people. When an employer fails to inform their workers of their rights, a worker may question their ability to collect necessary workers' compensation following an incident. However, help is available for ensuring that a worker's rights are upheld.

Source: chippewa.com, "Worker safety: You've got a worker's compensation claim, now what?", Randall M. Adams, April 28, 2014

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