Worker's Compensation

Dealing with a long-term illness can be overwhelming, especially when it’s related to your job. In Wisconsin, workers’ compensation provides support for such conditions, ensuring you get the help you need.
Recognizing occupational diseases
Workers’ compensation in Wisconsin covers a range of occupational diseases, including long-term illnesses. Mesothelioma, often linked to asbestos exposure, is a common example. Other diseases might include respiratory issues from inhaling dust or fumes and skin conditions from repeated contact with harmful chemicals.
How to
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Some employees suffer injuries or illnesses while performing their duties. Worker’s compensation can offer financial assistance and medical benefits that help them.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one common condition affecting workers. Other repetitive stress disorders are bothersome, too.
Carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive stress disorders
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the wrist, hand and arm. It occurs with the compression or squeezing of the median nerve. This nerve runs from the forearm into the hand. The compression can lead
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There is understandable confusion among employees and their employers about an employee’s access to disability insurance coverage after termination of the employee/employer relationship.

Disability insurance coverage is an employee benefit, and some assume that when employment ends, employee benefits – including disability insurance – end. However, that is not always the case.

In fact, the termination of employment generally should not affect ongoing short-term disability (STD) or long-term disability (LTD) benefits or even prevent employees from applying for benefits
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wisconsin had 61,200 nonfatal workplace injury reports in 2021. When you are navigating a worker’s compensation case, organizing your medical records is an important step.

These records provide essential documentation of your injury, treatment, and recovery process. Proper organization not only helps you keep track of your medical history but also ensures that you have the necessary evidence to support your case.
Collect all relevant records
Start by gathering all medical
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On April 8, 2022, Governor Evers signed into law 2021 Wisconsin Act 232 (The Act). The Act, sponsored by the bipartisan House Labor and Integrated Employment Committee, was passed to increase weekly permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits in addition to changing the way that the average weekly wage (AWW) for part-time employees is calculated.

Wisconsin has not raised the weekly PPD benefit rate since 2017. The Act changes the weekly PPD benefit to $415.00 for injuries occurring on or
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Under Wisconsin’s workers’ compensation regime, if a workplace injury is caused by an employer’s violation of safety rules and regulations – including those of U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – the injured worker is entitled to additional workers’ compensation benefits.

The extra benefits are equal to an additional 15% of the allowable benefits with a maximum additional benefit of $15,000, according to Wis. Stat. section 102.57.
Workers’ Compensation in Wisconsin
As in most
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In recent weeks, state lawmakers reformed aspects of Wisconsin’s worker’s compensation law through the enactment of Senate Bill No. 11, now 2021 Wisconsin Act 29. Among other things, Act 29 modifies Wisconsin’s existing worker’s compensation eligibility standards for certain mental injury claims. In this regard, Act 29 is limited in its scope to claims by law enforcement officers and full-time firefighters employed by the State or a political subdivision thereof (collectively “public safety officers”). Additionally, these new standards only
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Wisconsin was one of the earliest adopters of workers’ compensation laws dating back to 1911. Workers’ compensation is like a no-fault system, meaning an injured worker can be compensated if the injury “arises out of” employment. Whether the employer did anything wrong or if the employer was negligent, it does not typically matter. The worker in either case receives benefits according to a series of schedules that depend on the earnings of the worker, the body part injured, and
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