Each state has different laws and practices regarding worker’s compensation. If you are new to the state of Wisconsin or new to the worker’s compensation arena altogether, there are a few important things you need to know.
Who is covered by Worker’s Compensation in Wisconsin?
Pretty much everyone is potentially covered by worker’s compensation in Wisconsin. There are only four major exceptions to this rule; domestic servants, certain types of farm hands, religious professionals, and volunteers may not be covered by the worker’s compensation laws.
If you are an employee of a federal agency in Wisconsin, like the post office, the army, or the Veteran’s Association, your benefits fall under the federal realm, not the state level. This means that you are not eligible for Wisconsin worker’s compensation, but you still receive the same benefits from the federal level.
When does my coverage begin?
From your first day of work on, you are automatically covered by worker’s compensation. In the event of an injury, it’s your company’s responsibility to report the incident. After that report is filed, you must go through a three-day waiting period. If your injury keeps you out of work for more than three days, the compensation kicks in, and you will receive your payment within 14 days.
Can I go back to work?
You are eligible to return to work after your doctor gives you written permission. However, this does not guarantee you a job! In the state of Wisconsin, employers are not forced to hold a job open for you or create a new position when you return. Whether or not you can go back to work depends completely on your recovery and your employer’s decision.
However, there is one situation where you can take legal action against an unresponsive company. If there is an opening that fits your post-injury abilities, whether they are physical or mental limitations, your company should re-hire you. If they don’t, you are eligible to take the case to court and receive compensation for lost wages.
These are just a few of the many questions that people ask when considering worker’s compensation in Wisconsin. In fact, many people feel overwhelmed by the process, especially filing for compensation. If that’s the case for you, contact us. We are in the business of making your transition to worker’s compensation as smooth as possible.