Wisconsin Workers Compensation is state law established to protect the rights of hard working men and women in the state of Wisconsin when they are injured on the job. Workers Compensation is a “No Fault” law, which means it doesn’t matter if the injury was your fault, your employer’s fault, or no one’s fault. If you are hurt while you are doing your job, then you are covered by workers compensation law.
If you are injured at work and require treatment by a doctor, you will have medical bills and you may also have time lost from work. Workers Compensation law requires that almost all employers carry workers compensation insurance. It is supposed to pay all your medical bills at 100%, and to pay you a weekly benefit to replace your lost income due to your work related injury. However, many workers compensation claims are denied, leaving working men and women in difficult circumstances, with medical bills adding up, and no workers compensation benefits coming in to replace their lost income. If this happens to you, it is important to know that if your claim is denied by your employer or work comp carrier, this is NOT the end of the case. You can appeal this denial by hiring an experienced Wausau workers compensation attorney to handle the appeal for you and get a settlement that will not only get your medical bills paid. It can also make up for your lost income, mileage expenses to the doctor, provide permanent disability coverage, and many other benefits. Attorney John R. Jokela is an experienced and aggressive workers compensation attorney who has been appealing workers compensation denials on behalf of hard-working Wisconsinites for almost 20 years. He doesn’t charge any fees or costs unless he obtains a settlement or award for you. So it costs nothing up front to talk to Attorney Jokela, or to hire him. When he obtains a settlement or award, there is an attorney fee of 20% of the settlement or award, plus his costs. The first consultation is free so call Attorney Jokela at 715.845.9000. The John Jokela Law Firm LLC has the resources to handle your case and hire the expert witnesses necessary to maximize your compensation. John Jokela covers all legal costs of pursuing your claim– you do not have to worry about litigation costs while the claim is ongoing.
If you report a work related injury, the workers compensation insurance company may notify you that you must report for an independent medical exam. If you receive such a notice, you must first realize that this doctor is hired by, and compensated by, the workers compensation carrier. A doctor conducting an independent medical exam will most likely be looking to find flaws or inconsistencies in your case and will point those out. If you are notified by the workers compensation insurance company that they want you to attend an independent medical examination, you should understand that certain steps can be taken to protect your rights. You have the right to contact a good attorney who knows the workers compensation law for advice.
In Wisconsin, if you are injured at work, you must report your injury to your employer immediately. Report this to your manager or in the manner directed by your employer. It is your employer’s responsibility to communicate the claim to its workers compensation insurance company. The insurance company then will investigate the claim and notify you of the results of your investigation. If your claim is denied, you have the right to find a good lawyer who knows the workers compensation process, to get an appeal started.
The statute of limitations for disputing a worker’s compensation claim is 6 years for most injuries, but several injury types have longer time periods in which to file a claim. It is important to talk to an experienced workers compensation attorney to get precise information about time limits for your specific claim if it is denied by the workers compensation carrier. Recent changes in the law have made the time deadlines more complex to figure out, so talk to an experienced worker’s compensation lawyer about your specific case.
It is critical to consult with an experienced worker’s compensation attorney as early as possible after your claim is denied so that the attorney can give you advice on how to proceed and also help you to avoid making mistakes which can play into the insurance company’s hands. Attorney John Jokela does not charge for an initial consultation, so you can call him to discuss the specifics of your situation and he can discuss with you whether, and how, to proceed with your workers compensation claim.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a workplace accident and were denied compensation, do not hesitate to contact the John Jokela Law Firm. Worker’s compensation was established to protect workers throughout the state of Wisconsin after a tragic accident occurs. The denial of a worker’s compensation claim could have dire consequences on you, your family, and your career. The John Jokela Law Firm will work closely with you to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve after your injuries. Contact our Wausau office today and we will begin examining the facts of your claim.