When to Contact & Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

when to hire a personal injury lawyers

Personal injury lawyers are more than just car accident lawyers. In fact, it is wise to contact and hire a personal injury lawyers for any case involving an injury resulting from a negligent or reckless action of another party. This can be any kind of incident (see list of possible personal injury cases) where someone is injured and needs compensation to cover any expenses that arise—and may continue to arise—related to the injury.

All personal injury accident victims should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

What kind of cases do personal injury lawyers handle?

Most people think of personal injury lawyers after a car accident. The list of personal injury cases could include, but is not limited to:

  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Car, Truck and Automobile Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Boat and Personal Watercraft Accidents
  • Bus, Semi-Truck and Other Vehicle Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Farm Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Workplace Accidents and Worker’s Compensation
  • Defective Products and Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Claims
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Broken Bones
  • Homeowner Liability
  • Medical Malpractice

An experienced personal injury lawyer is an important asset and guide when navigating through the process. The right personal injury lawyer can answer questions and advocate for the highest and fairest amount of compensation.

The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete, or up-to-date and should in no way be taken as an indication of future results. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and the receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship between sender and receiver. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney.

5 Common Worker’s Compensation Claim Myths

worker who is working and may get injured on the jobAlong with the pain and inconvenience of a workplace injury, there are a million emotions and misunderstandings that come with being injured at work. We’ve talked to clients who have been hurt at work, heard their worries, and have assisted them through some of the most difficult worker’s compensation issues. Unfortunately, the situation can be complicated when they receive incorrect worker’s compensation information; that’s why we’ve compiled a list of common workplace injury myths that can hinder the progress of the workman’s compensation process—and the resolution.

Myth: Your employer has to make a mistake or act negligently for you to have a worker’s compensation claim.

A workman’s compensation claim stems from any injury received while working; your employer does not need to make an error for a claim to be made. To that end, report any injury that occurs on the job, such as a wound or back injury, even if you think it may heal on its own.

Myth: I have to file a claim.

A worker’s only responsibility is to report the injury to their employer and seek medical attention (more information can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development website). Keep all paperwork related to the injury, including paperwork received from the doctor or healthcare facility and healthcare provider. From there, the employer should file a claim with their insurance provider or claim administrator.

Myth: I’m going to lose my job because of an injury.

This is one of the most common worker’s compensation myths—and a misunderstanding that can slow down the recovery process. Put simply, many workers work through the pain because they think that they can lose their job because of their injury. However, employers are not allowed to retaliate against an employee for any reason, including a worker’s compensation claim. In Wisconsin, an employer must have a reason for refusing to rehire a worker to their previous or another appropriate position. (A local, experienced lawyer can give you more information about what an employer can or can’t do when an injured worker can’t work for a period of time.)

Myth: There’s nothing I can do if I am denied coverage.

After an injury, it’s common for the insurance company to initially cover medical expenses and all related expenses. In certain circumstances, however, the insurance companies require employees to submit to an “independent medical examination,” which often results in discontinued coverage. The insurer is unlikely to continue to cover expenses unless a hearing is requested with Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development. (This is another reason to contact a lawyer to assist with the worker’s compensation process.)

Myth: I have to sue my employer to get compensation.

An employee needs to report an injury; there is no lawsuit involved to get compensation. Typically, an employee reports the injury and seeks medical attention. The employer contacts the insurance carrier or claim administrator. Typically, the insurance company compensates the employee; if there are any complications throughout the process, a local experienced lawyer can assist with a favorable resolution.

The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete, or up-to-date and should in no way be taken as an indication of future results. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and the receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship between sender and receiver. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney.