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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU ARE INJURED AT WORK?

It is important to immediately report injuries to your employer. You should seek medical or chiropractic care for your injury.

WHAT KINDS OF INJURIES ARE COVERED BY WORKERS' COMPENSATION?

Wisconsin law covers injuries resulting from accidents or occupational diseases (example: hearing loss or carpal tunnel syndrome). A compensable injury may be physical, mental or both. An injury must have occurred within the course of your employment. However, "employers take their employees as they find them." If a worker has a pre-existing condition that made them more susceptible to injury, this does not bar the worker from compensation.

HOW MUCH WILL I BE PAID WHILE I AM OFF FROM WORK?

While you are off work for your injury, you will be paid two-thirds of your average weekly wage. If you are part time, you may be entitled to be paid based on a forty-hour week during the time that you are off from work. There are caps on weekly compensation that change yearly. There is no compensation owed for the first three days off from work. After you have been off for seven days, then those first three days will also be paid.

WILL MY HEALTHCARE EXPENSES BE PAID?

You are entitled to have all medical and other healthcare expenses paid by the employer. You must obtain permission from the insurer or your employer before receiving out-of-state treatment, otherwise, your treatment may not be paid. If you are injured at work, you should tell your healthcare providers that your injury is work related. However, you should also give them the billing information of your health insurer. If the Workers' Compensation claim is denied, they can then bill your health insurance so that you are not left with an unpaid bill.

WHAT OTHER BENEFITS AM I ENTITLED TO RECEIVE?

If you have a permanent injury there are other benefits to which you may be entitled.

    These include:

    WHAT IF MY EMPLOYER OR ITS WORKER'S COMPENSATION CARRIER TELLS ME I AM NOT ENTITLED TO BENEFITS?

    If your claim is denied, a hearing may be required before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to resolve the issues. A hearing before the ALJ is a legally binding procedure. After listening to information from all parties during a hearing, the ALJ will issue an Order allowing or denying the claim. If the claim is allowed, the Order will set forth the amount of disability and how much compensation is to be paid. If you believe that the ALJ's decision was incorrect, appeal rights exist.

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