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  • Can I collect any type of reimbursement?

    Due to an accident at work, cracked my calcaneous. Developed osteomylitis. Tried to save the heel bone for about 3 yrs. Ended up with a below the knee amputation. I have been paying for dismemberment insurance at work for over 10 years. Have been ...

    Israel’s Answer

    Dismemberment insurance is different than worker's compensation. You will need to contact an attorney that practices in insurance contracts. You can contact the State Bar of WI for its Lawyer Referral hotline. As far as the WC case, you will be entitled to 425 weeks of PPD without the assistance of a lawyer. This assumes there will be no dispute. If you are terminated from your employment due to any restrictions or a work slowdown, you will also be entitled to possible DVR retraining and a disfigurement claim.

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  • When should an employee contact a workers comp. lawyer? Should I wait to see if the claim is accepted or is it already too late?

    An incident occured at my workplace involing unknowing getting exposed to potentially toxic chemicals. After this occured and symptoms began presenting, my employer was informed in a prompt manner and while he seemed to conceded there was the poss...

    Israel’s Answer

    In order to determine if you have a compensable claim a medical opinion is needed to address your diagnosis and whether it is related to your chemicals exposure. You can request Material Safety Data Sheets if your doctor needs additional information as to the types of chemicals you were exposed to in order for him to form his opinions.

    Nonetheless, at this point, if you have not been ordered out of work, there is no liability or damages other than the doctor visit expenses. I caution you that under our WC law, you have a right to treat with two physicians. All physicians from the same clinic or network count as one as do those for which a previous physician has given you a referral.

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  • How do I answer the SSDI question about wc if we settled before filing for ssdi&the 2 large payments left are for lifetime?

    I recently settled a wc claim and need to file for ssdi as I have been deemed vocationally displaced and unable to work. I received one payment from wc with two more to come in the next two years. I have not worked since 2011 I am confused on ho...

    Israel’s Answer

    I strongly suggest that you speak with your WC attorney about this. The issue in WI is not a reduction of SSDI benefits if you are found eligible (because we are a reverse offset state), but based on the timing and amount of the settlement, you could be responsible for protecting Medicare's interest for future medical payments even after your WC settlement.

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  • Do I have a workers comp case even though there was no specific incident and the pain did not start at work? Federal case

    Not familiar with workers comp. 2 bulging discs but no actual incident to cause it. Since it didn't happen at work, I figured no workers comp case. A few weeks after "injury", I was informed that it doesn't have to be an incident that happens at w...

    Israel’s Answer

    I do not know of an attorney in WI that does federal WC practice. You may want to consult with attorney Allen Shapiro from Ohio. http://www.theshapirolaw.com/bios.htm. Good luck.

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  • If injured twice on the same shoulder two surgeries what are my legal options

    I was injured at work on December 28th 2014. I had four tears in my shoulder. They did surgery on July 10th 2015. Went to therapy and arm got worse. The doctor kept telling me it was scar tissue. December 5th of 2015 I had an MRI and there is anot...

    Israel’s Answer

    If this is a conceded claim, you should have received weekly temporary total disability benefits (2/3's your gross wages) throughout the period of time you were recovering from your injuries. If your doctor determined that you reached an end of healing, he should have assessed permanent partial disability which results in payments to you for your functional loss at the shoulder and permanent restrictions.

    If your time of injury employer has no work for you, please contact the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for potential job assistance and retraining. The closest DVR Office to you is located 2701 South Chase Avenue, Suite D, Milwaukee, WI 53207, 414-389-6450. Good luck. Feel free to call if you have any further questions.

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  • Why would I need to turn in certificated resignation now after I was told to wait&what is the correct phrase to preserve rights

    I was asked to complete to sign a compromise settlement leaving open past and future medical expenses and to sign a "voluntary resignation", or we would end up in court again and it could last years. After sending in the voluntary resignation wh...

    Israel’s Answer

    If you are represented by an attorney, you should speak with your lawyer immediately. If you are not represented, please consult with an attorney familiar with this area of law. Much more information is needed to properly address your question.

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  • Need a caring attorney to help with desisions

    Sent from surgeon n wc gal to go to work on light duty (max 10lbs) but I was not assessed on anything, can barely walk or sit for long. Went to work on 26th, can barely walk into building, was there 12 minutes n the hr n another gal carted me to ...

    Israel’s Answer

    Your answer does require more information in order to properly provide advice. It's not as easy as recommending you seeing another doctor. It's important to know who your surgeon is, how you got to him, how many other doctors you have seen, etc.

    Generally, if someone returns to work with limitations, but has a difficult time, I suggest they go back to their surgeon to discuss the problems. If you do not and you see another doctor, you can be almost certain that the WC carrier will cut of weekly temporary disability benefits. I suggest you call a lawyer and discuss this further before taking any drastic action.

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  • Should I apply for constructive dismissal, workers comp or disability?

    On medical leave due to verbal abuse and stress and harassment of manager. Just fired because I am unable to work, despite medical dr. letter giving me leave to the end of October. Many illegal practices going on at workplace. Not sure if I shoul...

    Israel’s Answer

    Wisconsin does require a showing of extra ordinary stress to make a non-traumatic mental stress claim. This is a very high burden to meet in many instances. If your psychologist is of the opinion that your condition is caused by the verbal abuse at work, you may make s claim, but I would certainly apply for short term disability in the event your stress claim is denied.

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  • I hurt my back at work although I am getting workmans compensation my doctor feels I am close to a plateau and I am still having

    Fell at work and have a small compression fracture

    Israel’s Answer

    If you are still having pain, I suggest that you speak with your doctor about your ongoing pain. It may be that a referral to s pain specialist is an option.

    If you are assessed an end of healing, you may be assigned permanent restrictions and permanent partial disability (PPD). PPD is essentially a percentage of disability assessed for your functional loss. There is a monthly payment formula to determine how many weeks of disability you will receive.

    If your employer cannot accommodate your restrictions, you should contact your local Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) for job placement services and possible retraining. If you are placed on a waiting list or you cannot be helped by the DVR, you should consult an attorney for an evaluation of s possible loss of earning capacity case.

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  • Work comp suspending ttd for non compliance?

    Ok, had a past 6 week post op appt on Sept 20th, could not make it, called cancelled, rescheduled asap, asked for soonest date as I DO need to see surgeon asap. Gave me Oct 22nd, wc called said she is suspending my ttd a week before the apt for no...

    Israel’s Answer

    Yes. It appears that you definitely need s lawyer. If the carrier is disputing part of your injury and treatment, it will ultimately deny further benefits. This conduct is typical of some WC carriers and a legal assessment should be sought.

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