If you cannot return to work after a thoracic herniated disc, there are worker's compensation benefits in Wisconsin if the injury is work-related. Before a doctor assigns any permanent work restrictions, an injured worker should participate in a rehabilitation program in order to return to work at his or her former job.
If I can't return to work after a workers compensation injury there are at least two good options available in Wisconsin. Under Wisconsin statutes chapter 102, the workers' compensation law, an injured worker can get loss of earning capacity benefits and/or vocational retraining benefits. In order to qualify for loss of earing capacity or vocational retraining benefits the injured worker's doctor or surgeon must have assigned work-related permanent restrictions, which prevent the employee from being able to return to work after his injury has healed. Then if the employer confirms it is unable to accommodate the work-related, permanent restrictions, we can go for loss of earning capacity benefits or refer an injured worker to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.