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Five important facts to know about the Workers Compensation Settlements and Appeals in Wisconsin

Posted in Worker's Compensation on July 25, 2017

  1. Workers Compensation Appeals are Complex:   The workers comp law is supposed to streamline benefits for injured workers, but it is still complex.  If your claim is denied, then you have the legal right to appeal and pursue an appeal.  But there are many things to think about, and you only get one chance at a hearing. Make it count.
  2. Don’t Settle Too Early:  In workers compensation litigation, the workers compensation carrier may want to settle early with you.  They often do this to save money because they know if you that if for example, you hire a lawyer who develops your case fully, they may have to pay you a much bigger settlement.
  3. Details Matter: Appealing a denied workers compensation claim is not simply a matter of filing out a few forms.  That is the easy part.  The hard part is knowing what evidence you need, and obtaining it the right way.  To maximize your work comp claim and settlement, you need to make sure you have obtained the necessary medical and vocational evidence, such as medical expert reports.  If you have not obtained all necessary evidence and reports, you will NOT get the best possible settlement.
  4. Don’t Forget Medical Bills: Medical bills, paid or unpaid, are a big part of your case.  All necessary medical bills and itemizations must be presented with your case.
  5. Don’t Rely on the Workers Comp Carrier to Tell You What You Can Claim!: The workers comp insurance company or employer may want to settle early with you.  They are not responsible for telling you what you can claim or what your case is worth.  There are benefits such as vocational rehabilitation, loss of future earning capacity, disfigurement, safety violations, bad faith, and other claims that the work comp insurance may not tell you about.  In order to properly value your case, you need to include all appropriate claims.  If you don’t know your rights, it can be hard to know if you are doing the right thing.

Attorney John R. Jokela has been successfully representing injured workers for workers compensation claims and Social Security for almost 20 years.  You can call John at 715-845-9000 for a free consultation.   John represents disabled workers in Appleton, Neenah, Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Stevens Point, Nekoosa, Minocqua, Nekoosa, Wisconsin Rapids, Antigo, Woodruff, and the surrounding areas from his office in Wausau, Wisconsin.   Please talk to a lawyer as soon as possible about your specific case as the specifics of your case may differ from the general information described above.