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Are There Disadvantages to Accepting Workers’ Compensation?

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Wisconsin work injury lawyerEmployees who sustain an injury on the job are typically covered under the workers’ compensation system. Mostly, this is a positive thing; the employee’s medical expenses are covered and they may even be eligible to receive a portion of their regular wages from the employer’s insurance carrier. However, there are some potential disadvantages to accepting workers’ compensation. Learn how an experienced attorney can help you mitigate against them.

Overlooking Other Forms of Compensation

Perhaps the most frequently experienced disadvantage to accepting workers’ compensation is that employees often assume this is all they are entitled to receive. However, this may not be the case. Depending on the situation, injured workers may be eligible for compensation from a third-party, such as the owner of a facility, the manufacturer of defective equipment, or even a contracted company that was charged with overseeing the employee (i.e. construction foremen). If you have been injured on the job, go the extra mile; contact a seasoned attorney for an analysis of your case to determine if you may be eligible for other forms of compensation.

Securing New Employment

Once an employee begins to accept compensation for an injury, they are legally bound to the company from which they are collecting. What this means is that the employee cannot simply find another job while they are accepting compensation from another employer. Case in point: one man was recently convicted on criminal charges after he took a job with a transit company while accepting compensation for an injury from his former employer. He ended up losing both jobs in the process and was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay a fine. If you have experienced an injury on the job and have received another offer of employment, it is crucial that you speak to an attorney about your options.

Accusations of Fraud and Criminal Charges

Accusations of fraud can arise in almost any workers’ compensation case – not just those in which the worker seeks other employment. If, for example, workers could face criminal charges for taking a vacation too close to their injury date or while still collecting workers’ compensation. Protect yourself from fraud and its potential criminal charges with help from an experienced work injury lawyer.

Contact Our Lac La Belle Work Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, contact Bucher Law Group, LLC for assistance. Our dedicated Lac La Belle work injury lawyer serves the entire Lake County area, and we are prepared to fight for you. No matter what your situation, we aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Schedule your personalized consultation by calling 262-303-4916 today.



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