An Attorney Helping You Claim The Worker’s Compensation Benefits You Deserve
While some professions are more dangerous than others, anyone can suffer a workplace injury regardless of what kind of work they do. Wisconsin’s worker’s compensation laws are intended to make it easy for injured workers to claim benefits while protecting employers from injury-related lawsuits filed by workers. Unfortunately, laws and practices have shifted in recent decades to favor employers and insurers, which means that injured workers are too often denied the benefits they are entitled to.
If you’ve been injured on the job and need to seek benefits, it can be very helpful to work with an experienced attorney. In Appleton and throughout the Fox Cities, the firm to call is the Law Office of Peter J. Carman, S.C. I’ve been advocating for injured workers for a decade, and I can help you, too.
No Matter How You Were Injured, My Firm Is Here For You
I am proud to help workers from all walks of life seek benefits for injuries suffered at work. Common workplace accidents and injuries include:
- Construction site accidents
- Traumatic brain injuries caused by falling or swinging objects
- On-the-job car accidents
- Burn injuries and electric shocks
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress disorders
- Back, neck and spinal injuries caused by heavy lifting
- Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents
- Heavy machinery accidents resulting in crushed limbs and other catastrophic injuries
Whether your employer’s insurer tries to deny your claim or to settle for far less than the claim is worth, I will work tirelessly to help you secure the funds you need to recover, physically and financially.
Be Sure To Follow All Requirements
Worker’s compensation programs are filled with requirements. If you fail to follow them, your benefits could be denied or discontinued. One of the most important requirements is to report your injury to your employer in a timely manner. Once treatment starts, you must also abide by your doctor’s treatment plan and instructions. Working with an attorney can help ensure that you don’t overlook any deadlines or miss important requirements.
You May Be Able To Seek Benefits And A Personal Injury Claim
Under Wisconsin’s worker’s compensation laws, you generally cannot sue your employer after a workplace injury if your employer offers worker’s compensation benefits. Depending on the facts of your case, however, you may have the option to pursue what’s known as a third-party liability claim.
If you suffered an on-the-job accident/injury caused by the negligence of a person or company other than your employer or a co-worker, you can sue that negligent third party in addition to seeking worker’s compensation benefits.
Some examples of third-party liability claims include:
- Suing the manufacturer of a defective tool that malfunctioned and caused your injuries at work
- Suing another subcontractor at a construction site for injuries caused by one of their employees
- Suing a distracted driver who caused a car accident while you were driving a commercial vehicle for work
Although worker’s comp benefits cover medical bills and replace a portion of your wages, they do not pay for damages like pain and suffering. Therefore, it is a good idea to file a personal injury claim against a negligent third party, when possible. As an attorney who focuses on both worker’s compensation and personal injury cases, I am ideally suited to help you explore all your legal options and maximize your compensation.
Get Started With A Free Initial Consultation
The Law Office of Peter J. Carman, S.C., represents injured workers in Appleton and throughout Wisconsin. To learn more about how I can help you after a workplace accident, contact me to schedule a free initial consultation. Just call 920-770-1608 or fill out my online contact form.