Sigman Janssen Legal Blog
Worker’s Compensation: Classifying Injuries
March 15, 2018
In Wisconsin, a law divides work injury claims into two types of classifying injuries; they are called scheduled injuries and unscheduled injuries. Whether an injury is classified as scheduled or unscheduled depends on the part of the body that is affected by the injury. Injuries to the head, neck, torso, or back are considered unscheduled injuries. Injuries to other parts of your body, including arms, hands, legs, feet, eyes, or hearing loss are considered scheduled injuries.
For both scheduled and unscheduled injuries the worker receives compensation for lost time at the rate of 66.6% of their average weekly wage, subject to certain maximums. For both scheduled and unscheduled injuries, the work comp insurance company has to pay medical expenses. However, for scheduled injuries, there is additional possibly compensation if your injury prevents you from returning to your job, and you, as a result, have a drop in your earning capacity. If the injury is unscheduled, you cannot make an additional claim for loss earning capacity if you cannot return to your prior job.
If you have a workers’ compensation injury, you should contact a work comp attorney and get a consultation.