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Aaron N. Halstead

Aaron Halstead’s Answers

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  • Is this bad faith or does this fall into a 3rd party claim? Or is there a specific Attorney I should ask for help?

    I was involved in a work related injury resulting in a substantial trauma and hospital stay. My job is physically demanding; therefore, I was unable to return to work. Unbeknownst to me, my employer worked with the WC Insurance Company to provide ...

    Aaron’s Answer

    There are a variety of potential claims suggested by the facts that you've laid out, including potential retraining benefits and, depending on the body part injured, loss of earning capacity. Bad faith is also a possibility. You should contact an experienced Wisconsin WC attorney soon for a consult.

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  • How can i get the insurance company to continue disability pay as i wait for the resolution to this problem ?

    while on a temp. position in california: broke my left heel at work. torn tendon in right foot. left foot surgery but still mending, right foot waiting to be fixed. dr. said i could return to work. insurance company won't pay any more disabili...

    Aaron’s Answer

    If your employer has offered you work within the restrictions your doctor has imposed, you must accept that work. If not, and if you have TEMPORARY restrictions -- that is, they are in place untl surgery takes place -- then the insurance carrier must continue paying you TTD (weekly disability benefits) until you are released from medical care following the surgery. If the restrictions are PERMANENT (it does not sound like they are), then you need to contact the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

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  • What more compensation and damages am I entitled to by law and how should I proceed with getting justice/restitution in my case?

    I was physically assaulted by a previous co-worker while on an out of state work assignment. I sustained injuries as a direct result of the attack and it was all witnessed by a current co-worker. The police were contacted. I have recently been n...

    Aaron’s Answer

    If you have any permanent disabilities, scarring, are missing work without compensation, or lost your job due to the assault, you may have claims. You can also consider suing the former coworker in court. Contact an experienced WC attorney soon.

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  • I am going to a meeting for workman's comp. Should I get a lawyer? The insurance company is bring a lawyer.

    The company denied that I hurt my back at work. It was a year ago and it is still not better.

    Aaron’s Answer

    You should strongly consider bringing an attorney to the meeting with you or, at a minimum, not signing anything presented to you in the meeting until an attorney has reviewed it.

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  • If i did community service while on workmans comp can i be sued?

    I got hurt at work. The day of my injury my boss told me I couldnt file workmans comp because i was self employed... I asked if it hurt to make a claim anyways and he said no but they will probably deny it... I made a claim... immediately when my ...

    Aaron’s Answer

    You definitely need to talk with an experienced worker's comp attorney. Among other things, you may have a claim for wrongful termination under Wisconsin's WC law. The question whether you were truly self-employed will need to be explored promptly, among other things.

    We have an Appleton office at which you could meet with an attorney in the near future.

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  • I work for a university and another employee broke my back-what kind of lawyer do I need?

    I was picked up from behind by a co worker during a university program I was helping run and thrown over his shoulder. He lost his balance and landed on me resulting in three vertebrae shattering and my spine collapsing. There were multiple witn...

    Aaron’s Answer

    It is very unlikely that you have the right to sue your employer or co-worker, because of the worker's compensation law's exclusivity provision, which limits you to WC remedies. However, given the extent of your injuries, you should definitely confer with an experienced WC attorney. This will assure that you understand your rights to potential claims for vocational retraining, loss of earning capacity, or permanent total disability benefits -- all of which will depend on your permanent limitations.

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  • If an employee is receiving worker compensation, are they eligiable for unemployment insurance?

    My fiance was injured on the job and was placed on restricted duty. He has been receiving workman's comp benefits since (His employer sis not have any work that met his restrictions). We are confused as to when he should file for unemployment insu...

    Aaron’s Answer

    If he is able to perform some work, the Unemployment Insurance Division may consider him "able and available" for work under Chapter 108 of the Wisconsin statutes. I recommend that you contact the UI Division and ask to speak with a benefit specialist, who will be able to tell him whether to file a claim. Sometimes the UI Division will request that an employee file even though not presently entitled to benefits. Better to be safe and at least check.

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  • I was injured on a temporary job in California. Moved back to Wisconsin for treatment, where do I turn for assistance ?

    Broken foot/heel on the job. Healing but slowly. Insurance company says because my Dr. Put me on temporary ability to work, they are done paying me. They are still covering Dr. Bills, but - I can not get another job within the parameters of the...

    Aaron’s Answer

    The insurance carrier has the right to stop your TTD (weekly benefit) checks only if your employer offers you work that is within the temporary restrictions that your doctor has given you. If no such work is offered/available, then the carrier must keep paying you until you've reached an end-of-healing (when your doctor discharges you from care at the end of treatment for this injury). If the carrier stops payments despite the employer not offering you work, hire an attorney.

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  • I have a 2 level laminectory with fusion 10% ppd by doctor in wisconson does this mean I should have a 20% ppd?

    injury back at work

    Aaron’s Answer

    Yes. 10% for each level at which you had a laminectomy and fusion.

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  • I was injured in an elevator accident while at work. No one is communicating with me. How do I recoup my medical bills?

    I was crushed between elevator doors at work. They failed to retract as they normally would, and slammed in to me twice. This happened January of 2015. I have followed all instructions; however, no one will get back to me. I contacted Wokman's...

    Aaron’s Answer

    You should consult with an experienced WC attorney in your area promptly. An attorney will be able to tell you all options, including whether you have a claim for bad faith against the insurance company.

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