Workers Compensation Benefits

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 Court of Appeals Issues Ruling in Workers’ Compensation Case

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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