Will COVID-19 affect my worker’s compensation claim?

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many aspects of our daily lives.  The worker’s compensation system is no exception.  As of March 23, 2020, all worker’s compensation hearings have been converted to telephonic settlement conferences.  That means, for the foreseeable future, worker’s compensation hearings have been suspended.  (https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/wc.htm)

Does that mean you’re without recourse if your worker’s compensation claim is denied?  Not at all.  Here are some things you should know:

  • We remain open for business.  Governor Evers’ “Safer at Home” order, which required many businesses to temporarily close, created an exemption for “essential” businesses, including those that provide legal services  We are continuing to operate, and we are using email and telephone communication to help protect the health of our clients and staff.  New and existing clients are welcome to contact us via email or telephone (715-848-1801).
  • Worker’s compensation claims continue.  Both of the state agencies involved with the processing of worker’s compensation claims (Department of Workforce Development & Department of Administration-Office of Worker’s Compensation Hearings) continue to operate, although some of their usual procedures have been modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Expect the COVID-19 pandemic to cause some delays.  Many elective surgeries have been postponed as healthcare facilities brace themselves to deal with COVID-19 patients.  Many independent medical evaluations have been postponed, and some temporary work opportunities have been suspended.  These developments can impact how soon your claim is resolved.

Dealing with a work injury is difficult in the best of times.  With the added stress caused by COVID-19, dealing with a work injury can be overwhelming.  We’re here to help.


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