Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Claim

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.

Wisconsin Iron Foundry Cited for Safety Violations

by Keith Adkins | November 15th, 2012

Nov. 15, 2012

A Berlin, Wisconsin, iron foundry has been issued nine citations and fined more than $56,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations. According to an article from workerscompensation.com, several violations were repeat offenses.

In Aug. 2010, OSHA conducted an inspection at the facility and found two safety violations. The first involved a grinder that did not have a protective guard in place. The other was for failure to cover an electrical switch box.

This May, OSHA conducted a follow-up inspection and found the safety issues had not been addressed by management. Furthermore, investigators discovered seven additional safety issues, including:

  • unguarded open-sided platforms,
  • employees working without fall protection equipment,
  • unsafe crane conditions,
  • and failure to have proper guards in place on moving equipment.

In addition, electrical safety was found to be compromised after inspectors discovered puddles of water near electrical equipment and excessive dust on machinery. Inspectors stated the company had failed to take down the faulty equipment.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970 states that employers have an obligation to provide employees with a safe work environment and failure to do so may be considered negligent.

The  Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz understand that workplace accidents often lead to a workers’ compensation claim, and encourage anyone who has been injured in a work-related accident to discuss your legal options with an Appleton Workers’ Compensation Lawyer immediately.

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