Injured workers' rights

Published On: Aug 20 2014 03:56:41 PM EDT

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In the state of Wisconsin, injured workers have certain rights under workers’ compensation laws.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce and Development, injured workers have the following rights:

  • Receive benefits, regardless of who caused or helped cause the injury.
  • Injured workers do not have rights to benefits if he or she intentionally injured him or herself, if the worker was injured while voluntarily participating in off-duty activities, and if the injury occurred while the employee was goofing around during activities initiated by the employer.
  • Injured workers have the right to receive medical care to treat a work-related injury or illness.
  • Injured workers can opt to see a first and second choice of doctor, as long as he or she is licensed to practice, and is currently practicing, in the state. Any out-of-state doctors will need to be agreed upon by the insurance carrier unless there is a doctor’s referral.
  • Injured workers don’t need approval to go to different doctors if they need emergency treatment, if the doctor is within the same partnership or clinic as the original doctor, or if he or she has a referral from the original doctor or choice of doctors.
  • Injured workers also have the right to confidentiality.

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