Workplace accidents can occur in any industry at any point in time, despite all the necessary precautions which are taken by employers and employees alike. After a workplace accident occurs, it is important for employees to report their injury to their employer as soon as possible. If the injury resulted in a long term injury Wausau workplace accident attorney John Jokela can help you find out if you should be compensated. Don’t wait until after you’ve already been denied a workers compensation claim to contact John Jokela Law Firm LLC.
In 2015, approximately 2.9 million workplace injuries occurred in the private industry, and were reported throughout the country, at a rate of 3 for every 100 full time workers. The United States Department of Labor noted that there were approximately 4,800 fatalities in workplace accidents. Wholesale trade was the only sector (out of 14) which reported an increase in injury/illness cases.
The public sector reported approximately 750,000 nationwide, or about 5.1 cases for every 100 full time workers. The majority of all reported injuries occurred among local government workers, although the rate of injury among state government workers declined between 2014 and 2015.
Wisconsin reported one of the higher injury/illness rates, at 3.6 for every 100 workers. It is therefore evident that many workers throughout the state have to rely on workers compensation to obtain medical treatment and receive the compensation they deserve after a disabling accident at work.
Workers in Wisconsin who are injured in workplace accidents must report the injury to their employer after sustaining their injury, or after becoming aware of the injury. The employer must report the claim to the insurance carrier. In the case of a fatality, the employer must report to the insurance carrier immediately. The insurance carrier reports the injury and fatality claims to the worker’s compensation state division. The workers compensation insurance company must then investigate the claim. The claim will then be either approved or denied, after which the employee will have the right to appeal a denied claim. This is where an experienced workers compensation attorney can help.
If you are having difficulty with your worker’s compensation claim, have questions about the process, or do not agree with the amount awarded in your claim, you can speak with a qualified worker’s compensation attorney.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a workplace accident, do not hesitate to contact the John Jokela Law Firm. Workplace accidents overall have slightly decreased throughout the nation, but continue to be an ongoing issue which affects workers from all industries. Contact our law firm today to begin filing your claim after a workplace accident. Your first call is free, and there are no fees or costs until and unless your claim is successfully resolved with a settlement or award.