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Healing Period in Workers Compensation

The healing period in Wisconsin workers compensation law is very important because is defines the time period in which a claim for temporary total disability benefits are due. The phrase "healing period" is not defined in Wis. Stats. Ch. 102 but the courts have interpreted it to mean "the period prior to the time when the condition becomes stationary." Knobbe v. Indus. Comm'n, 208 Wis. 185, 189 (1932). The Knobbe court explained that during this period, "the employee is submitting to treatment, is convalescing, still suffering from his injury, and unable to work because of the accident. The interval may continue until the employee is restored so far as the permanent character of his injuries will permit." Knobbe at 190. As the court later stated in Larsen Co. v. Industrial Commission, 9 Wis. 2d 386, 392, (1960), "[a]n employee's disability is no longer temporary when the point is reached that there has occurred all of the improvement that is likely to occur as a result of treatment and convalescence." The phrase 'healing plateau' is often used to say that the employee is at the end of the healing period.

Workers Comp Healing Period Wage Loss Payments

Workers comp healing period wage loss payments are made while the injured worker is unable to work due to a work-related injury or condition and is in his or her healing period.  Healing period is not defined in the statutes, but the courts explained it to mean "the period prior to the time when the condition becomes stationary." Knobbe v. Industrial Comm'n, 208 Wis. 185 (1932). The court explained that during that period, "the employee is submitting to treatment, is convalescing, still suffering from his injury, and unable to work because of the accident. The interval may continue until the employee is restored so far as the permanent character of his injuries will permit."  The court later explained in Larsen Co. v. Industrial Commission, 9 Wis. 2d 386 (1960), "[a]n employee's disability is no longer temporary when the point is reached that there has occurred all of the improvement that is likely to occur as a result of treatment and convalescence." The phrase reaching a plateau is often used to mean that the employee is coming to the end of the healing period.

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