Workers’ Compensation Defense

Scope of Practice

Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. brings a cost-effective, result-oriented approach to the defense of workers' compensation claims.  The knowledge and trial skills we use in the defense of negligence cases help us efficiently evaluate workers compensation claims and obtain successful outcomes for employers and their insurers.

Workers' Compensation Defense

Our firm provides efficient and effective representation for insurance companies and employers in all aspects of workers' compensation and related matters.

We know how to build a strong defense regarding workers' compensation claims and disputes.  We help employers on all workers' compensation defense issues, particularly in the following areas:

  • Representation at Administrative Hearings
  • Complex compensability disputes and insurance coverage issues
  • Appeals at the Labor and Industry Review Commission and throughout the Wisconsin court system
  • Serious and willful misconduct allegations such as bad faith and unreasonable refusal to rehire
  • Counsel to minimize risk and promote best practices
  • Workers' compensation fraud
  • Subrogation

We understand the importance of prompt attention to a claim, quickly and efficiently obtaining medial records, expert opinions and reports, and limiting any additional liability.  We advise employers on how to minimize their risks and to be the most cost effective through either litigation or settlement.


* Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. has been named one of the 2015 Best Law Firms- Madison First Tier Ranking in the area of Workers' Compensation Law - Employers by Best Lawyers.


Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (Workers Compensation) U.S. Department of Labor (Workers Compensation)

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