Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Accidents happen on the job, and they can impact your ability to work and provide for your family. You are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for any injury suffered on the job, regardless of fault for the accident. Unfortunately, companies may make it difficult to apply for workers compensation. Or, your claim may be unjustly denied by the Department of Labor.

Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs attorneys have years of experience in workers’ compensation cases and we are ready to fight for you. From medical bills and medication expenses to mileage reimbursement, we are dedicated to helping you get what you deserve from your employer.

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Workers’ Compensations Specifics

If you are injured at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. A compensable injury may be physical or mental, and result from trauma, overuse or reinjuring oneself. If you are injured on a job, it’s crucial that you report your injury to a supervisor immediately to eliminate the risk of delaying or even losing your workers’ compensation benefits.

Workers’ compensation cases are not limited to denied claims. They often involve lost wages, wrongful termination, pain and suffering, workplace safety violations and permanent disability or even death.

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Common Questions About Workers' Compensation Cases

Who is eligible for workers’ compensation?

If you were hurt at work, you could be entitled to workers' compensation benefits, including payment for medical bills and lost wages. As long as you’re eligible, you may receive compensation regardless of who was at fault for the injury. In exchange for this protection, you lose the right to file a lawsuit against your employer for damages.

Typically, there are four basic eligibility requirements for workers' comp benefits:

- You must be an employee.
- Your employer must carry workers' compensation insurance.
- You must have a work-related injury or illness.
- You must meet your state's deadlines for reporting the injury and filing a workers' compensation claim.
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My workers’ compensation claim was denied. What should I do?

If your claim for workers' compensation was denied, the first thing you need to do is determine the reason why. This should be explained in the denial letter. You could be denied for simply not meeting the eligibility requirements, but if you believe the denial was reached in error, you may appeal.

To appeal, contact Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs for a review of your case. Our experienced attorneys will review your application and recommend next steps.
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Will workers’ compensation cover me for work-related illness or injuries that aren’t the result of an accident?

Yes, workers' compensation will cover you for work-related injuries such as repetitive motion injuries, exposure to fumes or stress-related trauma.
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Can I still receive workers’ compensation benefits if the accident was my fault?

Yes, workers’ compensation insurance is a no-fault system that does not require a determination of liability in order to recover benefits. If you are injured on the job, you can usually receive funds from your company’s workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of whether or not you caused the accident.
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Can I see my own doctor?

Yes, in the state of Wisconsin you have the right to select your own doctor for diagnosis and treatment related to your workers' compensation case.
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What if my workers’ compensation claim was initially being paid but benefits have now stopped?

Workers’ compensation is intended to be temporary. It is designed to compensate you for losses due to your accident or illness while you are unable to work. The goal is to get you back to work as soon as medically possible, so payment will eventually stop.

They must provide you 30 days notice and a clear explanation of why your benefits are being stopped. Some common reasons include:

- Your doctor determines you are able to return to work.
- Your employer offers you light duty work that accommodates your health/physical condition.
- A doctor determines you have reached maximum medical improvement.
- Your employer’s insurance carrier says your injury did not occur at work.
- The insurance company’s doctor reports you had a pre-existing condition.

If you believe your benefits have been stopped prematurely, contact Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs for a review of your case.
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Legal Options Following a Workers’ Compensation Incident

If you have a workers’ compensation case, Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs will fight for the benefits you deserve. You may be eligible for:

  • Payment of all medical bills related to treatment of work injury
  • Payment for medication expenses
  • Payment of temporary disability benefits for the time you are unable to work — temporary disability benefits will amount to approximately 2/3 of your normal wage
  • Temporary partial disability benefits for any period when you can go back to work but not on a full-time basis — these are a proportionate percentage of the temporary disability benefit
  • Reimbursement for your mileage to and from treatment
  • Compensation, per the formula set out in the Wisconsin Administrative Code and Statutes, for any permanent disability identified by your doctor

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