At Mays Law Office, Attorney Lisa Pierobon Mays is happy to talk to you at any time during the workers compensation process. However, there are crucial moments when you absolutely need to talk to us, such as:
Every state has passed workers' compensation laws that provide benefits to employees injured at work. These laws have a variety of names, such as workers' compensation, workman's compensation, worker's compensation, or work comp. These laws require that employees suffering on-the-job injuries receive compensation to replace lost wages and cover medical expenses. Most state laws provide that employers must either carry insurance through a private carrier or show that they can self-insure against claims by workers injured on the job. Other states provide that employers must pay into a state workers' compensation fund.
The catalyst for a fair and equitable system of workers' compensation came out of the industrial revolution.
Workers disability can be identified using a few different terms. As the terms imply, a worker may be disabled only partially or totally, and, temporarily or permanently. The laws treat each form of disability differently.
Employees who were injured due to their employers' negligence sued the employers under traditional negligence or personal injury law
Once you have received a physician's permission to return to work following an occupational injury, you will most likely wish to return to your previous job. This can prove problematic. Your employer has no legal responsibility to hold a position for you or create a new one once you have made your recovery.
Nearly all employers in Wisconsin are required by law to carry Wisconsin workers' compensation insurance. However, if your employer does not carry worker's compensation insurance and is illegally uninsured, you may still file for workers' compensation benefits through the Uninsured Employers Fund (UEF).
Generally, any injury occurring at work which is due to a traumatic incident, such as falling from a ladder, or that is due to cumulative factors, like injuries caused by repetitive motions, would be considered as arising out of employment. Illnesses created by the work environment, like medical conditions caused by exposure to chemicals, are also compensable. In general, any injury or illness that requires the worker to see a doctor or that results in disability or death qualifies for workers' compensation benefits. A doctor must be able to verify that there is objective medical evidence showing that an injury or disease exists and that work exposure was the major cause.
Lisa was my lawyer against a company where I'd worked for 35 years, and was injured while at work on January 7, 2008. My injuries were significant and required several surgeries. My company told me I would always have a job, but that was not to be the case. Instead my company let me go in June of 2009.
Some workers are not covered by state workers' compensation laws but are covered by federal laws relating to particular classes of workers or work-related injury. These laws are:
While working in my profession, I was hit in the hip by a car, causing a permanent mobility disability from the injuries in both legs. I was overwhelmed with the immediate physical changes in my daily life, worrying about the future impact, dealing with insurance companies, and coping with a robust range of related emotional aspects - stressful and exhausting! I needed to channel all of my energy into recovering as best I could. It was serendipity that I saw Lisa's TV ad right when I felt the need to retain an attorney, when workers' compensation decided they didn't want to continue covering my ongoing medical care. The ad portrayed professionalism and specializing in workers' compensation cases, so I trusted the choice to call her, even though I was a little skeptical, simply because of the feelings associated with being a victim. It was consistently clear to me from the first impression through settlement negotiations, that I was well represented. She made time for me, kept me involved in decision-making, and helped me feel grounded when the process made me feel bitter. The peace of mind that brings to a vulnerable injured person - as they say, priceless! Lisa is bright, thorough, informed, a skilled negotiator, listens, doesn't miss a detail, and isn't intimidated by the process or opposing counsel. My case was a complex pedestrian-vehicle accident that was also a workers' comp. case - she had to juggle multiple perspectives, she kept my motor vehicle accident attorney informed and positioned to go on seamlessly to represent me well in the rest of the process. I was not only represented well, Lisa truly cared about me, my welfare. She's simply the best! Without hesitation, I highly recommend Lisa Mays! - MJS, Ph.D.
Employer's Responsibilities in all 50 states are to provide workers' compensation coverage according to their respective state's laws and regulations. The laws in some states provide an exception for some very small employers and allow some large employers to be self-insuring. In addition to providing coverage, however, employers may have additional responsibilities. These responsibilities include:
State workers' compensation laws do provide exceptions to the rule that workers injured on the job are entitled to compensation. Each state is different, but the exceptions may include:
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