Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney

Doctors Often Stuck in the Middle of Workers’ Compensation Claims

by Keith Adkins | March 14th, 2013

March 14, 2013

When a worker is hurt on the job, Wisconsin law requires the employer to cover medical expenses related to the injury by providing Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation benefits. Each year, roughly 6,500 employees take advantage of these benefits. However, doctors are saying that it is becoming increasingly difficult to balance an employer’s needs of getting a worker back on the job and a patient’s complaints of being unable to perform their duties.

A story from Medill Reports told of a Janesville, Wisconsin, woman who suffered a slip and fall accident on a patch of ice outside of her place of employment. She visited Dr. Mike Angeline, who determined she would be unable to walk for at least several weeks due to the injury. The note did not satisfy the victim’s employer, and another letter explaining the woman’s condition and the cause of the accident had to be drafted.

Dr. Angeline says he is often put in the middle of a battle between an employer trying to cut costs associated with a workers compensation claim and employees who need time off. Angeline goes on to explain he tries to find a balance between both needs.

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorneys with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz understand the complexities of the workers’ compensation system. That’s why the firm says it may be able to help if you have been injured on the job and are preparing to file a claim for benefits.

Forklift Operator Killed in Work-Related Accident

by Keith Adkins | November 8th, 2012

Oct. 8, 2012

A 54-year-old forklift operator from Dodgeville, Wisconsin, was killed earlier this week as a result of an on-the-job accident. According to a story published by The Cap Times, the incident occurred at around 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday at Wick Homes, located at 341 Walter Road in Mazomanie, Wisconsin.

A spokesperson for the Dane County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Elise Schaffer, stated the man was moving a load of wooden trusses onto a flatbed trailer to be taken to a jobsite when the load suddenly shifted and fell back on top of the machine. Rescue crews rushed to the scene and attempted to save the man’s life, but he had died from the traumatic Wisconsin personal injury he sustained in the accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been contacted to conduct an investigation into what may have caused the accident and if it was preventable.

Accidents like these are all too common, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics saying roughly 15 percent of all workplace fatalities in the United States last year were the result of contact with a piece of machinery or an object at a jobsite.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz understand the dangers of handling equipment and large objects on the job. Our law firm is here to answer any questions you may have if you have been injured in a work-related accident through no fault of your own.

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