Madison Construction Injury Lawyer
As a Madison construction injury lawyer, I help clients get full compensation through workers’ compensation and from others who may be at fault.
If you’ve been injured in a construction workplace accident, there are two sources of compensation that may be available – from your employer (through workers’ compensation), and from third parties who may be at fault (such as another contractor).
Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
In Wisconsin, in most cases if you are injured while in the course and scope of your employment, you will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, even if you are partly responsible for your injury. Payments for workers’ compensation are made by your employer (if your employer is self-insured), or by your employer’s workers’ compensation provider. Workers’ compensation benefits are usually the only benefits to which an employee is entitled with respect to their employer.
The first step in seeking compensation is to file a claim with your employer, which should be done as soon as practicable after medical treatment has been obtained. After this filing, you will be advised as to whether your claim has been accepted for payment or denied.
How I Help Injured Construction Workers in Workers’ Compensation Claims
I help clients when their claim is denied, or when the benefits approved are less than the benefits to which a worker is entitled.
In severe injury cases, there can be a legitimate issue as to the extent of a worker’s injuries, particularly with respect to back, neck, and other “soft tissue” injuries, as these injuries can be hard to detect medically (such as with x-rays). The workers’ compensation benefits payor (such as the insurance company) may believe that the employee is less injured than is actually the case, that long-term benefits for permanent disability are not due, or that certain types of treatment are not required. Naturally they will have an incentive to pay as little as possible.
I will work hard to ensure and to fully document the nature and scope of the injury sustained, the long-term prognosis for recovery, the treatment that is medically necessary, and whether the injury is severe enough to constitute a “permanent disability” under Wisconsin workers’ compensation law. In other words, if you’ve been injured, I’ll work to help you get the full medical treatment and compensation to which you are due. I am available to represent injured workers before workers’ compensation regulatory agencies in administrative hearings and in the appeals process when benefits are denied.
Recovering from Contractors and Other Parties at Fault
Construction work is dangerous. Many time workers are injured as the result of the negligence or careless of those other than themselves or their company. For instance, a property owner may have allowed dangerous conditions to exist. Another contractor or one of its employees may be responsible (in whole or in part) for the accident.
I, along with accident reconstructionists or other experts that may be retained, will want to investigate the full scope of the accident so that we can determine all of those who may be at fault. If you’ve been injured at your job, you should know that workers’ compensation laws do not prevent you from bringing a claim in court against those other than your employer if they are at fault.
So, if an employee of another contractor at the site, or a utility that failed to properly mark power lines, is responsible for your injuries, those companies can be sued, and workers’ compensation laws do not limit your recovery against those companies.
How I Help Injured Construction Workers Against Non-Employers at Fault
If a person or company other than your employer or a co-worker is responsible – in whole or in part – for your injuries, I can bring a claim against such other person or party for their role in causing your injuries.
Please call me to get started.
There is no fee for me or my firm unless you recover. I can meet with you to discuss your case at a time and place that is convenient with you, including at your home and at night or on weekends. This consultation is free.