Wisconsin State Prison Guard Assaulted by Inmate on the Job — Fighting State for Worker’s Compensation Rights
In a horrific on-the-job assault in April of 2012, Wisconsin Correctional Sergeant Carrie Seichter was beaten unconscious by a prison inmate at Wisconsin’s Stanley Correctional Institute. Seichter suffered a concussion and a broken nose, and was subsequently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Seichter received worker’s compensation, but it has been an uphill battle against state agencies to obtain compensation and keep her job. Seichter’s case exemplifies the complicated nature of worker’s compensation matters handled by Milwaukee attorneys.
Under Wisconsin’s worker’s compensation law, any mental or physical harm caused by workplace conditions, diseases or accidents may be considered an injury for which the injured can be compensated. Covered injuries include:
- Physical harm that includes such injuries as bruises, sprains, paralysis, hearing or vision loss
- Mental harm including nervous disorders and emotional stress
- Accidental injuries incurred on the job, due to a workplace accident
- Occupational disease usually caused by extended exposure over time to a hazardous substance during the course of employment
Following any on-the-job injury or ensuing illness, it is important to notify your employer of the injury as soon as possible and seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis and so no additional damage is incurred.
Maintain all medical records and payment receipts throughout this process, as they will form a crucial part of your worker’s compensation claim. A Milwaukee workplace injury attorney will thoroughly evaluate the circumstances of your on-the-job injury as well as your documentation to make sure you are justly compensated for all covered injuries.
When your livelihood is jeopardized due to an on-the-job injury, it is crucial to have a committed advocate such as The Previant Law Firm, S.C. on your side. We will diligently pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us to schedule your initial worker’s compensation case consultation.