Most of us spend most of our waking hours at work. It is unsurprising, then, that workplace injury and illness happens frequently. In Wisconsin, there were 82,700 injuries and/or illnesses reported in 2016, the last year for which there is information. That is an increase from 2015. And there were 105 fatalities. The majority of those fatally injured worked for wages or salaries. When you or a loved one suffers a work related injury or illness, it is important to contact a workers compensation lawyer.
Workplace injury law is complicated. The statute of limitations differs depending on the injury or illness. Sometimes there is no statute of limitations at all. Some instances where the statute of limitations does not apply include: serious traumatic injuries (like loss or total impairment of a hand or foot or any loss of vision), any permanent brain injury, or any injury caused by ionized radiation. In addition to medical, hospital, and doctors’ expenses, the law provides for payment of weekly benefits for temporary or permanent disability. The expert workplace injury lawyers at Clifford & Raihala know the intricacies of work related injury law and will help you use the law to your fullest advantage.
Wisconsin has an Uninsured Employers Fund that pays workers compensation benefits on claims filed by employees injured while working for illegally uninsured Wisconsin employers. While that is extremely helpful, it’s important to remember that workers compensation is actually never enough. Workers compensation payments are never the same as full employment. Usually, they are 2/3 of the average weekly wage, and the categorization of your injury affects that too. Often, the difference between barely getting by and having the lifestyle you and your family are accustomed to lies in the workers compensation lawyers working for you.
When you suffer a workplace injury or illness, it is not a discrete, isolated event. Every aspect of your life is affected. Your other family members are affected. At Clifford & Raihala, we understand that and will work to mitigate the negative impact on your life. When you are unable to make your usual monthly contribution to your child’s college fund, or help your folks with their household maintenance, those are tangible ramifications of your work related injury. We think they need to be included in your claim too. When dealing with work related injury, we take a whole life approach.
When you or a loved one suffers a work related injury, it really pays to contact an expert attorney in workplace injury law. At Clifford & Raihala, we will investigate the incident thoroughly. Were there proper safety protocols in place? If there were safety policies and procedures, were they routinely followed? Did the company have any previously reported OSHA violations? All of this background information contributes to understanding the incident itself. We will work to reconstruct the actual event. Then, we will bring a claim to ensure that you and your family do not have to continue suffering financially after suffering physically.