Wisconsin Construction Accident? You Need an Attorney!
personal injury attorney. Construction jobs, by their nature, are risky. It’s not unusual for accidents and injuries to occur on the worksite. In fact, OSHA reports that over 1,000 fatalities and 400,000 injuries occur on construction sites each year. The Wisconsin Safe Place Law requires that employers keep their premises as safe as they reasonably can, given the nature of their business. This law applies to Wisconsin construction sites, as well. Although it is impossible to keep any construction site completely safe, employers must put reasonable safety measures in place to prevent potential accidents. Construction accident cases are notoriously complex, as there may be third-party liability. Employees of construction companies that are injured at work in Wisconsin are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits will cover:
- Medical bills that are considered reasonable.
- Temporary total disability (TTD) payments, payable at 2/3 of the worker’s weekly wage until a period of maximum medical improvement (MMI) has been reached.
- Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, payable at a lower rate, determined based on the extent of injuries and disabilities.
- Retraining benefits, payable at TTD rates, if the employee is laid off due to their injuries. Retraining must be authorized by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
- Loss of earning capacity benefits in some cases involving injuries to the head, neck, or back.