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As a major regional center for healthcare, retail, education, manufacturing, and technology, Eau Claire is home to a diverse array of industries. This also means, however, that the average Eau Claire employee has a multitude of opportunities to suffer an on-the-job injury.
A workers' compensation policy covers around 97 percent of Wisconsin's more than three million workers. If you suffered a workplace injury or illness in Eau Claire, you may have a lot of questions about how to obtain workers’ compensation, what benefits the program provides, and what to do if workers’ comp denies your claim. Be sure to contact our skilled Eau Claire Workers' Compensation attorneys for help.
Read on for more information about Wisconsin’s workers’ compensation program, how Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers can help you obtain benefits or fight a wrongful denial of your valid claim, and answers to some of the questions our Eau Claire clients ask us most often about the subject.
The legal team at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers has over 100 years of combined legal practice. Our award-winning attorneys handle many legal issues, including personal injury, workplace injury, and disability cases. Our success has resulted in many national news sites, including Forbes, Today, and The Huffington Post, featuring our work, and we have over 500 5-star reviews from former clients. When you retain us to handle your workers’ compensation claim, you can rest assured knowing that we have experience helping individuals like you pursue maximum compensation.
Over our 14 years, Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers has expanded to 12 offices located throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, including an office in Eau Claire. Our growth has expanded our footprint and legal network, but we still provide the compassionate and accessible legal representation that many associate with a small firm. We combine the resources of a large firm with personalized service and a results-driven legal strategy, so you can rest assured knowing that we will pursue maximum compensation on your behalf. Let us put our experience to work on your case; contact us today for a free consultation, during which you can ask questions and learn more about your legal options.
At Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers, we have represented over 3,000 individuals and recovered over $38 million in total compensation on their behalf. We take cases on contingency, which means that we only collect attorney fees if we successfully recover compensation for our client. With our interests aligned, you can feel confident that we will pursue maximum compensation in your case. While we cannot guarantee a favorable result in your case, we can point to our past results as examples of our success.
Some of our recent results include:
Historically, Eau Claire’s economy depended on lumbering and manufacturing. However, over the last century, the city’s economy has diversified to include large education, healthcare, and retail sectors. Regardless of your profession, if you sustain an injury while at work, you likely qualify to pursue compensation through the state’s workers’ compensation program.
At Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers, we have experience handling worker’s compensation claims in Eau Claire and representing individuals who have had their claims denied or reduced. We’ve earned a reputation throughout the community for zealous advocacy, and we’ve litigated cases against some of Eau Claire’s most powerful employers.
The city’s top employers include:
If you or a loved one sustained injuries while working for any employer in Eau Claire, contact Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers for a free consultation and to determine your legal options.
Workers’ compensation is an insurance policy that most employers in the state must purchase on behalf of their employees. This policy provides wage loss and medical treatment for injuries or illnesses occurring at the workplace, regardless of who was at fault for the injury or illness.
This means the worker can access the compensation without proving liability as he or she must in a personal injury claim. The coverage provided by the workers’ compensation policy is available from the first day on the job and throughout the worker’s employment and does not require the worker to pay a deductible to access the benefits.
Workers’ compensation is required for all businesses with three or more workers, with these exceptions:
Workplace injuries include:
Benefits are available for workers who suffer workplace injuries or illnesses such as:
Eau Claire workers who cannot work due to an occupational injury or illness may receive weekly wage-loss benefits. The wage-loss benefits you may receive depend on the severity of your injury and how long it impairs your ability to perform job-related tasks.
The categories used for wage-loss benefits in Wisconsin workers’ compensation claims include:
Eau Claire employees who have suffered a workplace injury or illness are eligible for 100 percent coverage of all reasonable injury-related medical expenses without paying a deductible or co-pay. These expenses include the cost of emergency treatment and transport to the hospital by ambulance or air; diagnostic and laboratory testing; hospitalization; prescription medication; surgeon and physician services, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and mental health services related to emotional distress caused by the injury.
If you were injured in a workplace accident or were diagnosed with an illness caused by workplace exposure to toxins, seek treatment for your condition immediately. You have 30 days to report your injury or illness to your employer, but you are encouraged to report it as soon as possible to begin the process of obtaining benefits.
Once your employer receives a report of your injury, he or she must notify the insurance carrier providing the workers’ compensation policy. The insurance provider will review your claim and decide the benefits it will award you within 14 days. Your claim will remain open for six years from the date of your injury, or longer in some cases. You are encouraged to retain copies of all documents pertaining to the benefits and medical treatments you have received for up to 12 years.
Here are the answers to some general workers’ compensation questions we often encounter when assisting the working Eau Claire community. If you have questions about your specific case, our Eau Claire workers’ compensation lawyer will be happy to provide answers.
Yes. Employers in Wisconsin are required to provide injured workers with the right to choose their own doctor. In an emergency where the worker cannot select a doctor, the employer can choose the treating physician for the emergency only. For future medical treatments, the worker still has the right to choose their own physician.
Yes. Individuals who were dependent on a deceased worker’s wages can obtain death benefits through workers’ compensation.
The family members eligible to receive these benefits include:
The maximum death benefit allowed for Wisconsin surviving family members through workers’ compensation is four times the worker’s annual wages before the fatal workplace injury or illness occurred, up to a maximum amount as set by law and subject to annual changes. Additionally, workers’ compensation can provide up to $10,000 for the cost of the funeral and burial or cremation.
In many states, if the employer was required to carry a workers’ compensation policy and failed to do so, the only other recourse for obtaining the compensation needed for medical treatment and wage loss was through a personal injury lawsuit against the employer. However, Wisconsin’s Uninsured Employers Fund (UEF) covers uninsured workers. We can give you the details about accessing compensation through UEF and can assist with that process.
It is against the law for an employer to retaliate against an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. However, employers who retaliate in this manner often will come up with another reason for the termination. If you suspect that you were terminated due to filing a workers’ comp claim or have endured any other type of employer retaliation related to your claim, contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney for guidance.
For many people, the release by the doctor to return to work is a welcome occasion. However, if you don’t feel like you have adequately healed enough to perform the tasks related to your job, it can worry you.
Your doctor can have more confidence in your ability to return to work than you do, because:
Discuss your concerns with your doctor to clear up any miscommunication. However, if your doctor persists with the release and you still feel like you are not recovered enough to resume regular work duty, contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss your options.
The process of obtaining wage loss and medical benefits for a work-related injury is overwhelming. If you have questions about the process or need assistance, an experienced Eau Claire workers’ compensation attorney from Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers can help.
Some of the specific assistance we can provide includes:
Let’s explore if we can help you obtain your workers’ compensation benefits. For a free case review with our Eau Claire workers’ compensation lawyers, contact us online or call (715) 835-5959.