For many individuals, being injured at work is an unfortunate, but all too often, reality. When this happens, many individuals find themselves in an unfamiliar situation, not knowing where to turn with their questions or what to do next.
If an employee is injured at work, or sustain an accident or disease causing an injury, he or she should:
- Obtain medical attention
- Notify the employer of the injury immediately or as soon as possible, do not wait
- Compile and maintain all medical and payment records related to the injury
In order to qualify for worker’s compensation benefits, employees should notify their employers within 30 days of becoming aware of the injury, or at the very least within 2 years of the injury.
After an employer receives notice of the injury, it has 7 days to report it to their insurance carrier. Next, their insurance carrier will file various reports with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) regarding the injury and insurance coverage. Then, the DWD will send an informational pamphlet to the employee explaining his or her compensation rights.
The insurance carrier may deny the claim or stop payments. The insurance carrier will notify the employee of this in writing. If the workers compensation claim has been denied, the employee has the right to a hearing with the DWD.
Denial of Workers Compensation Claim
If any employee’s workers compensation claim is denied, the next step is to hire an experienced attorney to investigate the case, contact the insurance carrier, and help the employee obtain the benefits to which he or she is entitled.
If you have questions about the Worker’s Compensation process or benefits, contact Walcheske & Luzi, LLC for answers.