Near Milwaukee, at least one hundred firefighters gathered at Tosa Fest to raise money for two firefighters who claim the city wouldn’t give them permanent disability after they were injured on the job. The injured men firefighters say they both got sick from different fires, went to the doctor and were told they had irreparable lung problems. Michel DeLisle and Tony San Felioppo say when they filed for disability under a state law, which is supposed to guarantee firefighters protection on the job, the city of Wauwatosa started a legal battle. Although the state is apparently siding with the firefighters, their city still refuses to provide necessary compensation.
Employee Workers Compensation Requirements
The workers’ compensation system requires employers to purchase insurance providing benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. Employees receive benefits whether they or their employer were at fault. Employers also get protection from lawsuits by injured employees wanting money damages rewarded for pain and suffering or mental anguish.
What are the laws in my state?
Since state law governs workers’ compensation, each state’s system differs slightly in the details. The rates paid to injured employees and procedural rules may vary but the overall workers’ compensation system is very similar across the country.
What type of injuries does workers’ compensation cover?
Workers’ compensation covers:
- Injuries sustained on workplace premises
- Injuries sustained anywhere else while employee is “on the job”
Certain illnesses and occupational diseases contracted resulting from employment
- For example, if employees working with toxic chemicals become ill because of exposure to the chemicals, workers’ compensation coverage would apply
- Injuries sustained from any other incidents that may happen while they are working, which includes accidents, violence or natural disasters
What To Do if You’re Hurt on the Job
What should you do if you’re injured while trying to perform your duties at work? The U.S. Department of Labor suggests the following:
- Keep track of everything. Report all incidents of pain, numbness, tingling, and aching to your employer.
- See a doctor right away at the first signs of back injury, strains, or sprains.
- Be clear with your employer about tasks you’re unable to do. Make sure your doctor provides clear instructions about restrictions.
- Find out your state’s laws and deadlines to make sure you file on time.
- Find out if a medical management plan is in place at your job.
- Find out how to care for your injury.
Caulfield Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Contact Tampa Bay’s injury law experts at Perenich & Caulfield. Connect with us online or call 800.535.2529.