Being denied my worker’s comp claim was one of the most devastating events of my life. I’m very happy with the results of Lisa working on my case.
From the moment I walked in the office and was greeted by a dog, I knew I was in the right place. In my original meeting with Lisa, she was very kind and thorough. She examined all my paperwork while listening to my complicated story. She explained the upcoming process and guided me on what decisions to make.
During my ongoing case, she was extremely helpful. She was convenient to reach via email and always answered questions, no matter how trivial. She never sugar coated anything but didn’t deliver it in a matter that stung. Lisa would encourage and steer me when I needed to make a hard phone call to straighten out information.
When it finally came time to settle my claim, Lisa truly shined. She thoroughly answered all my questions and calmed my worries. Lisa had every detail planned out and handled every matter with the insurance company. At the end of the day, she truly had my best interest at heart getting me a fantastic settlement outside of a court setting. This was a huge stress relief.
I’m very grateful I chose her and am happy I can now move on with my life. ~September
After a work injury, do not expect a motherly hug from the workers compensation insurance company.
While some injured workers are treated fairly in Wisconsin, most unfortunately are not. Most injured workers are treated rudely, even with skepticism as to whether they truly were hurt. One could even ask if Adjusters are trained to belittle the Wisconsin injured worker. Don’t put up with it, call Mays Law Office at (866)257-0440 for a free consultation and tips on what the workers compensation carrier won’t tell you, such as…
- You are entitled to 100% reimbursement for medical mileage to/from doctor and therapy appointments;
- If you are getting a lost time benefit (also called TTD benefit), is the average weekly wage calculated correctly – most are not;
- You can choose your own doctor/medical provider – never treat with the “company doctor”;
- If instructed to see an IME or so-called “Independent Medical Examiner” there is nothing “independent” about this exam. You have rights on how to handle these insurance-paid exams;
- Nurses assigned to attend your medical appointments do not have the automatic right to come into your exams or guide your medical treatment;
- Employers have to offer you accommodating work that meets your physical restrictions while healing from a work injury, if not then a lost-time benefit needs to be paid to you for missing work;
- If your injury is severe enough to cause permanent disability and you have lost your job, or an equivalent paying job, then likely you are eligible to pursue Retraining or a Loss of Earning Capacity Claim;
- If your injury is severe enough that it leaves you disfigured, such as a serious scar, limp, amputation then you are entitled to an additional benefit called Disfigurement.
Be cautious – don’t let the workers compensation insurance carrier stall, claiming week after week that they are “investigating” your injury. Likely, if the claim takes more than two weeks to investigate then it will be denied. Call Mays Law Office immediately. Never accept a denial of your work injury without calling or E-mailing Mays Law Office first at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are several workers comp law firms around and it is one of the biggest choices you might ever have to make – you better choose well! I chose well!! Even though I live a few hours away I only had to visit your office once when we met you and your office dog – we already knew this was going to be ok. No one, I believe, would have worked harder for my settlement and you were always an email, fax, or phone call away, and always got back to me soon! You were fearless with the big insurance fifty lawyer law firms and I think you like going up against them big boys! Like I said I made the right choice. Thank you again Lisa. ~ Garry, Marshfield, WI
There is no doubt that employers HATE work injuries. So what is an injured worker to do…? Stay quiet about her injury for fear that her employer becomes angry at her and in retaliation reduces her hours, changes her duties to something undesirable, or makes the work environment hostile. OR should the injured worker report all work injuries immediately regardless of her employer’s response because if the injury turns out to be serious and requires medical treatment and lost time from work then she will need to have it covered under workers compensation?
Many injured workers wrongly take the wait-and see approach. With this approach, they hope that the pain or symptoms are no more than a mere strain or sprain and will improve after a few days. If not then they will worry about reporting it later.
While this wait-and-see approach may seem like a logical compromise, it will hurt the injured worker if the injury turns out to more serious than originally thought. Not reporting the accident promptly, allows the employer to question the workers credibility which could lead to denial of medical treatment, benefits for missed time from work, and loss of a monetary award based on the permanent injury. Moreover, your private health carrier may also deny coverage of medical treatment if claimed as a work injury as such treatment is the responsibility of the workers compensation insurance carrier. Now the worker is in a Catch 22 predicament.
What about if the employer has a policy requiring strict internal deadlines for reporting accidents, such as within 24 hours of the injury, which the worker deliberately did not follow? Now the employee can be reprimanded and her credibility and job security is jeopardized.
Ultimately, the injured worker needs to report a work injury to avoid this Catch 22 predicament. When reporting the injury, always do it in writing and get a copy of your written report. Every reputable employer has an Accident Report Form. If no form can be found, draft your own report. Details such as who, what, where, when, how, and why are easily remembered when describing the injury. Details such as dates and times are always crucial. Keep a photocopy of what you report to the employer. If the employer refuses to provide a copy, use your smart phone to take a picture of it. When it comes to a workers compensation injury, document, document, document! Keep a journal with dates, times, witnesses, specifics as to how the injury occurred, and medical appointments because your memory will fade over time. Again, smart phones have lots of apps to keep details documented for you, such as voice recorders, cameras, note taking, calendars, etc.
Even if you are late in reporting an injury, you should still follow these recommendations. Remember, better late than never.
Wisconsin law protects injured workers. Mays Law Office and Attorney Lisa Pierobon Mays are here for you. Call for a free and immediate consultation. Everything we discuss is confidential. We proudly represent the Wisconsin injured worker. Click here to read testimonials from our clients.
At Mays Law Office, Attorney Lisa Pierobon Mays is happy to talk to you at any time during the workers compensation process. However, there are crucial moments when you absolutely need to talk to us, such as:
- Call an attorney if the employer refuses to believe that you were injured at work or refuses to file the accident claim with their workers compensation carrier;
- Call an attorney if the employer fires you for reporting a work injury;
- Call an attorney if two weeks passes after your work injury and you have received no benefits for either lost time from work or payment of your medical bills;
- Call an attorney before going to any doctor appointment set up by the workers compensation carrier, especially if they claim it is an “Independent Medical Examination.” This is false and nothing about it is “independent” or fair.
- Call an attorney if the workers compensation doctor disagrees with your doctor and the insurance company stops paying for your medical treatment or tells you to not follow the advice of your own doctor;
- Call an attorney if you cannot work and now the workers compensation carrier is not paying you a lost time benefit;
- Call an attorney if the workers compensation carrier wants you to sign a document in exchange for a money settlement;
- Call an attorney if you have physical restrictions and can do some level of work but the employer refuses to allow you back and now the workers compensation carrier is not paying you a lost time benefit;
- Call an attorney if your injury is so severe that you have concerns that you will never be well enough to return to the same type of employment.
Lastly, always feel welcome to call Mays Law Office at any time you have questions. At Mays Law office, you will talk to a Wisconsin attorney who concentrates their practice in representing injured workers. At Mays Law Office you will work with an attorney, not just an assistance or paralegal. Have a question, Call (608)257-0440 or Toll Free (866)257-0440 or E-mail email@example.com
I had a worker’s compensation injury which my employer’s insurance company originally agreed to cover. However, when further treatment was needed my claim was denied. I tried contacting a few different attorneys before I found Attorney Lisa Pierobon Mays. The other attorneys either didn’t return my phone calls or were unwilling to take my case. Attorney Pierobon Mays listened carefully to my situation and agreed to take my case. She worked diligently and was able to get the insurance company to cover treatment and pay for lost time while I was off of work. Attorney Pierobon Mays was also able to get the insurance company to accept a retraining claim when I was unable to return to my previous line of work. Anytime a problem arose, Attorney Pierobon Mays was only a phone call or an email away. I would highly recommend Attorney Lisa Pierobon Mays to anyone with a worker’s compensation claim. -B.N.
While working in my profession, I was hit in the hip by a car, causing a permanent mobility disability from the injuries in both legs. I was overwhelmed with the immediate physical changes in my daily life, worrying about the future impact, dealing with insurance companies, and coping with a robust range of related emotional aspects — stressful and exhausting! I needed to channel all of my energy into recovering as best I could. It was serendipity that I saw Lisa’s TV ad right when I felt the need to retain an attorney, when workers’ compensation decided they didn’t want to continue covering my ongoing medical care. The ad portrayed professionalism and specializing in workers’ compensation cases, so I trusted the choice to call her, even though I was a little skeptical, simply because of the feelings associated with being a victim. It was consistently clear to me from the first impression through settlement negotiations, that I was well represented. She made time for me, kept me involved in decision-making, and helped me feel grounded when the process made me feel bitter. The peace of mind that brings to a vulnerable injured person — as they say, priceless! Lisa is bright, thorough, informed, a skilled negotiator, listens, doesn’t miss a detail, and isn’t intimidated by the process or opposing counsel. My case was a complex pedestrian-vehicle accident that was also a workers’ comp. case — she had to juggle multiple perspectives, she kept my motor vehicle accident attorney informed and positioned to go on seamlessly to represent me well in the rest of the process. I was not only represented well, Lisa truly cared about me, my welfare. She’s simply the best! Without hesitation, I highly recommend Lisa Mays! — MJS, Ph.D.
Lisa was my lawyer against a company where I’d worked for 35 years, and was injured while at work on January 7, 2008. My injuries were significant and required several surgeries. My company told me I would always have a job, but that was not to be the case. Instead my company let me go in June of 2009.
It didn’t take long for the company to leave me to fend for myself. They told me to apply for unemployment, but then did everything they could to delay me from receiving my benefits.
I sought the help of Lisa Mays, who didn’t push me to sign on months earlier as other lawyers had. Lisa’s fees were also far less than other lawyers I had talked with.
Lisa went out of her way to make sure that the settlement that I received was fair and would aid me in the future financially. It didn’t stop with just the settlement. Lisa continues to answer my questions and to assist me with medical bills as well as to recommend another lawyer to assist me with obtaining Social Security Benefits.
I can’t thank Lisa enough for all that she has done for me and would highly recommend her services to anyone who requires assistance with a work related injury. -S.F.
When I first met Lisa, I was very up front with her regarding my opinion of attorneys; based on some rather negative past experiences. However, I soon found out Lisa was not only a ray of sunshine in a very dark period in my daughter’s life: she was a rock. I watched in total amazement as she faced the complexities of the worker’s compensation case involving my daughter; not backing down one inch as she prevailed against the employer and brought the case to a fair and just resolution. In my next short story, you can be assured the main character will be a feisty, witty ball of fire female attorney who prevails not only in the courtroom, but as a friend. Thank you, Lisa, for taking on the ‘big boys’ for [client]. You have made her future so much brighter. – K.P.
I would like to comment on the exceptional services of Lisa Pierobon Mays and her law office. I met with Lisa in March 2012 regarding a worker’s compensation case. She consulted with me and told me I did have a pursuable case. Lisa was very knowledgeable and current on all issues of the law, regulations, etc. She kept me informed every step of the way. She was honest and forthright about all issues regarding my case. We were able to reach an agreement with the insurance carrier and employer in November 2012. I can’t thank Lisa and her staff enough for their expertise and ability to settle this in such a timely fashion. I have already recommended her to someone and will continue to recommend her if someone needs a competent attorney. Thank you again. -TK