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Madison Workers Comp Lawyer Aaron Halstead Wins $55,000 Award for Worker Fired after Work Injury

April 17, 2014

James Stahl had been a loyal, productive employee of Light Haus glass company of Madison, Wisconsin, for 11 years when he suffered a knee injury at work in the spring of 2012. After undergoing surgery, therapy and a six-week recovery period, Mr. Stahl’s doctors released him to return to work without further physical limitations in July 2012. Four days later, Light Haus fired Mr. Stahl, and ... more->>

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Long Term Disability Claims: Deadlines Matter

April 16, 2014
by William Parsons

Tight deadlines in ERISA long term disability insurance claims keep lawyers up at night. I often counsel my clients about the importance of meeting the deadlines in their long term disability benefits claim. For example, if your long term disability claim is denied, you may only have 180 days (or about 6 months) to file your internal appeal. That might seem like plenty of time, but consider what... more->>

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Retired Employee Will Receive Retiree Health Benefits Despite Employer’s Resistance

April 14, 2014
by Katherine Charlton

As baby boomers seek to exercise rights under employer-provided retiree health insurance plans, they may face resistance from employers who seek to reduce their fringe benefit costs. One employer tactic is to argue the retiree does not qualify for the benefits. In Stoflet v. City of Eau Claire and L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 2013 A. 2049 (Ct. App. Feb. 25, 2014), the employer refused ... more->>

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An Insurance Company's "Closed File" Defense is Invalid in a Wisconsin Worker's Comp Case

April 11, 2014
by Aaron Halstead

Injured workers seeking additional compensation, benefits or medical treatment are frequently confronted by a claims adjustor’s claim that the insurance carrier has “closed its file” and therefore cannot or will not pay any additional benefits. The so-called “closed file” defense is, in fact, no defense at all under Wisconsin law. Instead, under Wisconsin law, whether a worker’s comp claim ... more->>

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HIPAA Allows Most Employers to Share Private Employee Medical Info

April 10, 2014
by Summer Murshid

I often receive calls from current and former employees concerned that an employer has violated their HIPAA rights. HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, was enacted to ensure protection of protected health information or personally identifiable health information (PHI). In general, HIPAA protects from unauthorized disclosure any PHI pertaining to a consumer ... more->>

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Three Tactics Insurers Use to Deny Long Term Disability Insurance Claims

April 09, 2014
by William Parsons

My legal team has represented hundreds of people whose insurance companies have denied their legitimate long term disability insurance claims. Over the years, employees have had increasing difficulty securing the benefits due to them as insurance companies get more creative in their push for higher profits. In recent years, three tactics in particular have become common strategies used to avoid ... more->>

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How to Get Long-Term Disability Benefits If You Cannot Work Due to Fibromyalgia

April 07, 2014
by Danielle Schroder

Our firm regularly represents individuals who have been denied short or long term disability insurance (STDI or LTDI) benefits. Some individuals have debilitating physical injuries, which clearly prevent them from performing their jobs. More often, individuals come to us because they have a condition such as fibromyalgia, which has no identifiable cause and is accompanied by a host of symptoms. ... more->>

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Attorney Fairweather to Present for State Bar of Wisconsin Continuing Legal Education Seminar

April 03, 2014

Attorney Nicholas Fairweather will present on Case Planning Under new Legislation and Recent Case Law for the State Bar of Wisconsin Continuing Legal Education seminar titled “Hatfields and McCoys: Advanced Topics in Landlord-Tenant Law and Litigation.” The seminar will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.... more->>

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Parental Involvement Leave Included in FMLA Enhancement Proposal

April 01, 2014
by Colin Good

FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE RIGHTS IN WISCONSIN MAY IMPROVE Legislation was recently introduced in the United States House of Representatives that would allow more Wisconsinites to take unpaid leave to care for themselves or family members. The Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act would extend Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections to individuals employed by companies with more than ... more->>

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What if My Employer Terminates My Employment or Refuses to Hire Me After I am Injured at Work?

March 31, 2014
by Rachel Krueger

Many injured workers are concerned their employment may be in jeopardy after being injured at work. Fortunately, the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Act protects an injured worker from an employer’s unreasonable refusal to rehire (or discharge). If an employer unreasonably refuses to rehire an injured worker, the employer alone (not the insurance company) must pay that worker as much as one year... more->>

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