Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Wisconsin
If you suffer an injury at work, filing a workers’ compensation claim is of the utmost importance. With a workers’ comp claim, you can recover compensation for various benefits depending on the severity of your injury. It’s important, though, to recognize the different types of benefits that may be available to you.
Our team at The Previant Law Firm, S.C. is here to help you understand your rights. Below, we’ll detail the various types of benefits that you may recover should you or someone you love suffers a workplace injury. The amount of compensation you recover is dependent on numerous factors and working with a lawyer is the most effective method of pursuing maximum benefits.
The different types of benefits you may recover include the following:
- Temporary benefits
- Permanent benefits
- Death benefits
- Other benefits
If you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, call us today at (414) 240-1185.
Temporary benefits for workers’ compensation claims are available when you are recovering from your injuries and are expected to return to work. Wisconsin workers’ compensation laws prevent payment for these types of benefits in the first three days you’re unable to work, unless you are expected to miss more than seven days of work.
Temporary benefits can be either partial or total. Temporary total disability benefits are available when you are unable to perform any work during your recovery. You may also recover temporary total disability if you can perform restricted work, but you haven’t been offered a position.
Temporary partial disability compensates you if you can return to work, but you’re in a position where you don’t earn as much income as you did prior to your illness or injury.
When you have reached a level referred to as maximum medical improvement (the most you’re going to recover), you will be reevaluated to determine if your injuries or illness are permanent. If this is the case, you may recover permanent disability benefits.
Permanent benefits come in partial and total forms. For permanent partial benefits, Wisconsin has a schedule regarding how long you can recover compensation. If you are deemed permanently unable to return to the workforce, the amount you recover is two-thirds of your usual income each week. Ultimately, it’s best to speak with your attorney to learn your rights.
If you are the dependent of a worker who suffers a fatal injury in a workplace accident, you may be able to recover benefits for the death. The amount of death benefits you recover may be up to four times the decedent’s annual wages.
You may also be able to recover compensation for funeral and burial costs.
There are other benefits that you may recover that cover the expenses of the following:
- Medical treatment including physical rehabilitation, ongoing care, and medication
- Travel expenses to get to medical appointments
- Vocational rehabilitation for career planning, job placement, and retraining
These benefits are available in addition to temporary and permanent benefits. It’s vital for you to recognize what options you have and how you move forward to pursue the maximum benefits available to you.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys are committed to helping you understand your rights. We’ll fight on your behalf to obtain the compensation you deserve after a work injury. We’ve been protecting the people of Wisconsin for more than 100 years, and we’re ready to help you.
At The Previant Law Firm, S.C., we make it our mission to guide you every step of the way. We’ll be your voice and safeguard your rights throughout the complex process that follows a workplace injury.
For a free consultation to discuss your options, call us today at (414) 240-1185 and speak with a member of our team.