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Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability

Practice Areas » Wisconsin Workers Compensation

Protecting the rights of injured workers has been a priority for Hannula & Halom since the founding of the firm. We have helped hundreds of workers get proper medical care and fair compensation. We charge only if the claim is won. By law, our fees are only 20% of the amount in dispute. We also help injured workers in getting social security disability benefits.

Truck lines, as well as shipping and railroads, converge on the twin ports of Duluth and Superior. The law firm of Hannula and Halom has developed a special understanding of the types of injuries that affect truckers and other transportation workers. We have helped numerous truckers with personal injury, workers compensation and social security disability claims. We have been there before and we are here to help.

Workers Compensation An injury on the job may entitle you to both workers compensation benefits as well as the right to sue another party for your injury. On the job injuries are usually compensated through the workers compensation process. But, a work injury may also give you the right to sue another party as well for your personal injuries. You need to consult with an experienced lawyer if you think you have more than just a workers compensation case.

What should I do if I have a work injury or work-related illness?

  1. Contact your employer and report the injury or illness - even if you think it is minor and you will heal without medical treatment. That way there is a record that can be referred to if your injury worsens. Use a company form, if one is available. If not, write down the facts of your injury, along with the date and time and the name of the person you reported it to. If possible, keep a copy of your report.
  2. Take down the names and addresses of all witnesses to the accident that caused your injury.
  3. Get medical care, even if you think your injury is minor, and make sure the doctor has a complete description of the accident that caused your injury or the work activities or conditions you believe caused your work-related disability. Take care of your injury.
  4. Make copies of all work restrictions that your doctor gives you. Keep a copy and give the original to your employer.
  5. Keep track of all time off work, all mileage to and from doctors, physical therapists and any other health care professionals. Save all medical records given to you and all prescription bills and receipts. Save all letters from your employer and your employer's workers compensation insurance company concerning your injury.
  6. Do not sign any documents unless you fully understand the documents. If there is any doubt in your mind about what the documents mean, you should contact a Workers' Compensation lawyer.
  7. If you have not received Workers' Compensation benefits or a notice that you will be receiving Workers' Compensation benefits within a reasonable time period contact a Workers' Compensation lawyer.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What am I paid if I'm hurt on the job?
  2. Can I choose my own doctor?
  3. How long will I get paid?
  4. What if I can't go back to work or my employer fires me or won't take me back after I have healed?
  5. Can I get worker's compensation and Social Security Disability at the same time?
  6. When should I get a lawyer?
  7. How much do lawyer's charge?
  8. Why Hannula and Halom?

What am I paid if I'm hurt on the job?

While you are off work, in Wisconsin you get two-thirds of your weekly pay and all medical expenses. There is a maximum amount.

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Can I choose my own doctor?

Yes. You have the right to see any doctor. (Your employer can send you to a doctor for evaluation but not treatment.) You should pick a doctor who specializes in your injury.

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How long will I get paid?

Until your doctor says you are able to return to work. If your employer cannot offer work within your temporary restrictions, benefits continue.

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What if I can't go back to work or my employer fires me or won't take me back after I have healed?

If your doctor says your injury has caused permanent restrictions (like restrictions on lifting, bending or standing), then you receive additional benefits based on the amount of disability the doctor states. If your employer has a job within those permanent restrictions, it must offer that job to you or be subject to a penalty. But if there is no work within your restrictions, the employer does not have to take you back. You may also be entitled to more benefits because you cannot go back to your job or you may get retraining benefits to send you back to school so that you can get a job that pays as much as the job you lost.

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Can I get worker's compensation and Social Security Disability at the same time?

Yes.

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When should I get a lawyer?

Whenever:

  • Your claim is denied (or you feel it will be denied soon)
  • It has been more than two weeks and you have received no benefits.
  • The insurance company asks you to give a statement.
  • You are being treated unfairly after your injury.
  • You cannot return to work because of your injury.
  • You are asked to sign a settlement document.
  • You are fired after your injury.

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How much do lawyer's charge?

In Wisconsin worker's compensation, lawyer's charge only if the claim is won. By law, fees are only 20% of the amount in dispute.

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Why Hannula and Halom?

It’s what we do. We have handled hundreds of workers’ compensation cases. We even have a paralegal whose only job is to make sure your claim is on track—whether it is payment of medical bills, retraining, or temporary or permanent compensation. The insurance adjuster is trained to minimize your claim. Put us to work on your side. We work closely with you and medical and vocational experts to make sure that your rights are protected.

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Our Attorneys

Daniel D Hannula
Daniel D  Hannula Daniel D. Hannula is a graduate of Marquette University and Marquette University Law School. full profile
Gary Halom
Gary J. Halom Gary J. Halom is a 1974 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a 1981 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota. full profile
Ryan D Scherz
Ryan D Scherz Ryan graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007. Since his admission to the Wisconsin Bar in October 2007, he has represented clients in serious motor vehicle accidents and landowners in condemnation litigation. full profile
Shelly Stilson
Shelly Stilson Shelly Stilson has been with Hannula & Halom since 1999. She specializes in assisting our clients in obtaining Worker's Compensation and Social Security benefits. Shelly received her Associate of Arts Degree from Hibbing Community College and her Paralegal Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.