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Changes in Worker’s Compensation Law

March 28, 2017

In March 2016 there were several very significant changes in the Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation law. Two of the changes that were particularly significant were the changes to the Statue of Limitations and changes on how permanent partial disability is assessed. In simple terms, the Status of Limitations means the time with which an injured worker has to file a worker’s compensation claim following a work injury. The prior law gave the injured worker twelve years to file a claim from the date of the injury, or last payment of benefits. For injuries occurring after March 2016, the time period has been shortened in half to six years. A second change to the law was with respect to how permanent partial disability is calculated. The change is rather complex and contains a lot of grey area. Suffice to say, it will generally have a negative impact on worker’s compensation claims for permanent partial disability. If you have an injury which comes about after March 2016 and results in permanent partial disability, it is particularly important that you consult with an attorney for advice.