Types of Workplace Injuries in Madison, WI
In Wisconsin, an employee who suffers any type of workplace injury – whether as a result of a workplace accident or an occupational disease – is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including medical treatment, lost-wage benefits, and disability benefits.
At Stafford, Neal & Soule, S.C., our three Madison workers’ compensation attorneys have more than 95 years of combined experience helping clients throughout the state pursue the benefits they deserve. If you’ve suffered a work-related injury, contact us today for a free consultation.
Understanding Workplace Accident/Injuries
If you have been injured in an accident that occurred in the workplace or while you were performing your work duties, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. It is not necessary to prove who was at fault for the accident as long as it was work-related.
Common types of workplace accidents include slip-and-fall accidents, lifting-related accidents, machine accidents, forklift accidents, and auto accidents.
Workplace accidents can result in serious injuries to the back, neck, spinal cord, knees, shoulders and other important parts of the body. The recovery process can take days, weeks, months or years, depending on the nature and severity of the injuries.
Understanding Occupational Diseases
An occupational disease is a condition or illness that develops over a period of time as a result of work-related activities. If you need medical treatment or time off work due to an occupational disease, you are entitled to workers’ compensation. Common examples include:
Repetitive Strain Injury
Jobs that require workers to engage in repetitive motions or expose them to repetitive traumas often result in serious muscle injuries. In particular, repetitive heavy lifting can lead to lower back conditions that are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Exposure to Dust and Chemicals
Silicosis, mesothelioma and other diseases caused by exposure to hazardous substances are very often work-related.
Many people who experience hearing loss have been exposed to high decibel levels in the workplace without adequate protection for their ears.
It can be difficult to prove that a disease is occupational in nature. Our attorneys understand the applicable legal standards and what types of evidence are necessary. If you have suffered any type of workplace injury, call us today at 608-251-6045 or send us an email.