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What are my rights and responsibilities as an injured worker in Wisconsin?

For some workers who are injured on the job, whether in a motor vehicle accident or some other way, it may come as a surprise to learn that their employer isn’t necessarily going to be their ally. In some cases, employers are too concerned about minimizing the costs of workplace injury to truly be a good resource for injured workers regarding the workers’ compensation process.

There are two suggestions for workers in this situation. First of all, it is important for workers to do their research and become aware of their rights and responsibilities under the law. To begin with, workers’ compensation is not a handout, but an entitlement. It isn’t up to the employer or the insurance company to decide whether they will cover a valid workers’ compensation claim. If it is a valid claim and the worker is following the process, the claim must be covered. 

Workers, to follow the process, should always immediately tell their supervisor of their injury, even in cases where the injury seems to be minor and not require any medical attention. The reason for this is that informing the employer of the injury sets the workers’ compensation process in motion, and allows the worker to avoid problems with claim coverage later on if it becomes evident that the is worse than it initially seemed.

An injured worker should also immediately obtain any necessary medical care after the injury. Delaying medical care not only can affect an injured worker’s ability to recover but can also disrupt the workers’ compensation process. This is particularly important for injuries that end up turning into long-term conditions.

In our next post, we’ll continue looking at this topic and how an experienced attorney can provide guidance and advocacy in the workers’ compensation claims process. We’ll also look at how workers’ compensation claims relate to personal injury litigation.  

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