Work accidents are sometimes unavoidable, despite one’s best efforts. Injuries on the job, especially when they are resultant of someone else’s negligence, can be frustrating and angering. Companies are required to post and inform their employees of potential on-job hazards, such as dangerous chemicals. Workers should be prepped in environment-specific precautionary measures they should take in order to prevent themselves and others from injury. However, it is not just up to the employer to ensure that work accidents do not occur. Each individual should use common sense and keep him or herself up-to-date on present dangers.
If one has suffered an injury on the job, he or she is entitled to worker’s compensation, meaning that he or she is eligible for medical and monetary compensation in exchange for assurance that he or she will not sue the company over personal damages. Typically, this compensation is provided by an outside insurance company, to which the employer must subscribe.
In Wisconsin, if an employer fails to report a worker’s injury on the job, then he or she is subject to a fine of up to $15,000 or 200% of the compensation to be paid out to the injured party. There is also a time cap on reporting the injury, to which the employer and insurance company must adhere. Failure to do so may also result in penalty.