December 5th, 2013|
December 5, 2013
When a worker is injured as the result of an on-the-job accident, he or she may be entitled to compensation from workers compensation benefits. Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz’s team of Wisconsin Workers Compensation Lawyers explain that the most common causes of injuries in these claims are transportation accidents. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roadway and transportation incidents accounted for causing an estimated 40 percent of all workplace related fatalities last year.
Recently, a transportation accident near the town of Herman, Wisconsin, was responsible for leaving two commercial tractor-trailer drivers seriously injured. According to a story by the Daily Citizen, the crash happened just before 11:15 a.m. yesterday morning at the intersection of Highways 33 and P in Dodge County.
Reports indicate that a big rig traveling northbound on Highway P attempted to pass through the crossing with Highway 33, but it struck a second tractor-trailer. The impact caused the load being hauled by the second truck to come loose and spill into the highway, where a third vehicle collided with the freight.
The collision resulted in two drivers being seriously injured, requiring rescue crews to transport both victims to local hospitals for further treatment.
The law firm’s team of Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of the dangers transportation accidents pose to workers. That’s why the firm encourages any worker who is injured in an on-the-job accident to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney.
February 7th, 2013|
Jan. 31, 2013
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently reached a decision in a Juneau County Workers’ Compensation Benefits claim filed three years ago. An article published in a recent issue of the Juneau County Star Times stated the court believed a judge with the Labor and Industry Review Commission correctly awarded workers’ compensation benefits to a Juneau County Sheriff’s Detective and that the Court of Appeals would not interfere with the decision.
The case stems from an accident the detective was involved in at the Juneau County Justice Center in 2006. He was walking through the building when he slipped, fell, and hurt his right knee. The injury resulted in the need for surgery. However, the site of the incision later became infected and he required a complete knee replacement. The injury also was responsible for the detective missing work over a three-year period.
The county did not dispute over the initial injury, but argued medical records show the infection occurred as a result of hot tub use, resulting in further complications and medical expenses and that were not work-related. The victim denied the claims and the court concurred.
The ruling means the county owes the injured employee more than $73,000 in workers compensation benefits.
The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz hope the decision being reached in the case will bring some sort of closure to the accident for the victim and his family.
September 27th, 2012|
September 27, 2012
The city of Appleton, Wisconsin, decided recently to reverse changes that were made to the city’s workers’ compensation policy. According to the Post Crescent, the reversal was made to create a more equal policy for all city government employees.
This past fall, changes were made to Wisconsin workers’ compensation laws and the city of Appleton chose to follow suit by amending their policy to be more in line with those of the private sector. One of the main differences was benefits would not be paid on the first day of missed work. Instead, employees were required to wait through a four-day grace period before they were allowed to collect benefits at a non-taxed rate of 66 percent of an employee’s monthly salary. The rule did not apply to employees who participate in collective bargaining though, including police in fire officials not in a managerial role.
Ald. Curt Konetzke pointed out under the new rules, a police supervisor and an officer could be hurt at the same crime scene, yet only one would be allowed to immediately collect benefits.
In lieu of Konetzke’s remarks, city officials decided to overturn the policy and allow all workers to collect benefits the first day after an injury is reported.
The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz would like to applaud the city for implementing policy changes that benefit the welfare of those who work so hard.