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
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.
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Melita Mullen (book review), Wisconsin Lawyers (December 2014). Read more about this book review by clicking on the link.
David G. Ress - New Shareholder at BMR
Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. is pleased to announce that David G. Ress became a Shareholder at the firm on January 1, 2018.
Wisconsin Defense Counsel Receives the 2017 Rudolph A. Janata Award
The Rudolph A. Janata Award was presented at the DRI Annual Meeting in Chicago on October 5, 2017. (Read more)
Wisconsin Defense Counsel's Spring Conference A Great Success
Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. a proud sponsor of the Wisconsin Defense Counsel's (WDC) 2017 Spring Conference held in Kohler, Wisconsin and were a supporter of the WDC's Women in the Law Committee Spring Clothing Drive. (Read More)
Major, Destructive Changes to Workers' Compensation Proposed in Governor Walker's 2017-19 Biennial Budget
Laura M. Lyons, President of the Wisconsin Defense Counsel, discusses the Governor's proposed budget changes which will have significant effects on the workers' compensation system and beyond. Read more. (Article by Laura M. Lyons)
Proposed Elimination of Court Reporters in Workers' Comp Cases
A provision in the Department of Administration's 2017-19 biennial budget calls to "eliminate the requirement that the Division of Hearings and Appeals have a court reporter at every hearing and implement electronic recording of hearings." (Feb. 1, 2017 - Article by Joe Forward - State Bar of Wisconsin Legal Writer; Attorneys Patricia Putney and Laura Lyons quoted in this article.) Read more.
David G. Ress Recognized as a 2016 "Up and Coming" Lawyer
David G. Ress has been recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as a 2016 "Up and Coming" Lawyer (Read more).
Legislative Changes To The Worker's Compensation System
Legislative changes have been made to the Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Bill - 2015 Wisconsin ACT 180