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Can my employer discipline me for seeking workers’ compensation?

Despite the precautions you and your co-workers take, you were injured on the job. Your injuries required medical attention and time off work to recuperate. You may already know that workers’ compensation law allows you to make a claim for compensation for a work-related injury or illness, but you can be confused and worried if your employer is saying you cannot get workers’ compensation or that you will be fired or demoted if you file a claim. You and other Wisconsin residents should understand your rights when it comes to seeking workers’ compensation, as well as workers’ compensation retaliation.

When mental stress is compensable in Wisconsin

It is no secret that stress is one of America's greatest health concerns and that it is only getting worse. A growing body of evidence proves that stress does not just affect a person's mood but rather, can have a negative impact on one's overall physical and mental wellbeing. When left unchecked, stress can cause headaches, stomach upset, fatigue, chest pain and sleep disorders. It can also lead to reduced motivation, restlessness, anxiety, irritability and depression. Combined, both the physical and emotional symptoms may result in high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart disease. For these reasons, states are beginning to view stress as a compensable workplace injury. Is Wisconsin one of them?

What are some forklift safety tips?

In a warehouse, stockyard or similar environment, there are many safety hazards to watch out for. However, one common piece of equipment proves to be very dangerous time and again: the forklift. If you use or are around forklifts in your work environment in Wisconsin, then it is a smart idea to become familiar with forklift safety.

Why do insurers deny some workers' compensation claims?

There are many reasons that Wisconsin insurers might reject a workers' compensation claim you made. It is entirely conceivable that you could have made a mistake when filling out the complicated paperwork associated with workplace injuries. It would also be possible for something to happen behind the scenes with your employer or your insurer that could have prevented you from receiving the benefits to which you were entitled.

Injuries during work as a freelancer

Workers' compensation is a somewhat complex system but the basics are easy to understand. To summarize: An employer carries special insurance to ensure employees' livelihoods in the case of workplace injury. However, the issues are slightly different for freelance work. 

What are some signs of an unsafe workplace?

If you are looking for employment in Wisconsin, you can save yourself a lot of hassle by being more aware of the conditions in which you may work. Work place accidents occur all the time due to unsafe work environments, so knowing the signs can help keep you away from a job that could be hazardous to your health or safety.

What should I do if I am injured on the job?

Taking the proper steps after being injured on the job in Wisconsin is very important to ensuring your workers' compensation claim is valid. If you fail to make a report within the appropriate time frame, you could end up getting your claim denied. In addition, proper reporting helps to keep records clear and enables your claim to be proven more easily.

Does workers' compensation pay for lost wages?

If you have been injured while at work in Wisconsin, you may feel the impact on your wallet. Being off work while recovering from an injury can be difficult in many ways, but trying to support your family and keep from falling behind financially can create even bigger worries and add more stress to an already difficult situation. Luckily, if you file a workers' compensation claim, you may be able to get payment for lost wages.

OSHA's top four fatal construction hazards

Dangers lurk everywhere on any construction site, but some accidents are more likely to affect a worker than others. According to Safety and Health magazine, a publication of the National Safety Council, in 2016, just four hazards were responsible for over 63 percent of the fatal injuries on construction sites.

How can you stay safe from heat stress while at work?

If you work in construction in Wisconsin, you may know that during the hot summer months it can be exhausting working in the constant heat of the Sun. Failure to protect yourself and follow safety protocols can put you at risk of suffering heat-related illnesses that are otherwise preventable. Fortunately, when you take the time to learn about how you can keep yourself safe from the heat, you may be able to reduce your risk of suffering heat stress.

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