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Types of Work Injuries

Milwaukee Workplace Injury Law Firm

"To be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, an employee must sustain an injury arising out of employment. "Injury" means mental or physical harm to an employee caused by accident or disease. Injury can be physical or mental. Physical injuries can be directly caused by an accident (trip or fall breaking arm, for example), or by accident causing precipitation, aggravation and acceleration of a pre-existing condition beyond normal progression. Physical injuries can also be caused by occupational exposure (not a single accident) and are then categorized as an occupational disease." — Tom Domer and Charles Domer, from Wisconsin Workers' Compensation Law

An injury can happen no matter what your career, from health care workers in the operating room to forklift operators in a factory. Occupational workplace exposure or occupational neck, back, shoulder, knee, or hip injuries through repetitive motion or heavy lifting and twisting can happen to any worker. That is when you need an attorney experienced in workers' compensation law.

At Domer Law, we wrote the book on Wisconsin workers' compensation law. We have helped thousands of injured workers, and we can help you, too. Our father-son team of attorneys will relentlessly pursue compensation for you. Contact the work injury lawyers at Domer Law today for a free consultation or call 888-353-8384.

Common Types of Work Injuries

Workplace injuries can range from a repetitive stress disorder like carpal tunnel syndrome to serious bodily injuries like paralysis and even death. Some common causes of work injuries include:

  • Slip and fall, a trip and fall
  • Lifting and reaching
  • Pulling and pushing
  • On-the-job motor vehicle injuries
  • Machine malfunctions
  • Lifting or catching falling patients
  • Ladder or scaffolding falls
  • Any kind of repetitive motion

Wisconsin recognizes two categories of work injuries: traumatic injuries and occupational diseases (which include repetitive stress injuries).

Traumatic Injuries

Traumatic injuries happen due to a single event. Whiplash from a motor vehicle accident or broken bones sustained in a fall are examples of these. Many of the most serious and painful traumatic injuries are to the neck and back or spinal cord. Other common injuries include damage to the extremities and limbs. Causes can include a slip and fall or other jarring impact such as a fall from a scaffold.

Occupational Diseases

This terminology can be a misnomer, as occupational disease claims also include repetitive lifting injuries. Broadly defined, this category of injuries is the manifestation of a worker's job duties over a period of time. It is more difficult to prove claims for these injuries because you cannot point to one specific event as the cause. The result is that denied claims are more common for this type of injury.

Contact a Wisconsin Workers' Compensation Injury Law Firm

Attorney assistance with these claims can help overturn an insurance carrier's denial. If you are suffering from a workplace injury, you need a lawyer who knows these injuries and the medical treatments involved and understands how workers' compensation law works. You need Domer Law.

If you have suffered an injury or are being treated for an injury, focus on healing not on fighting for your claims. Let Domer Law help. Located in Milwaukee, we help injured workers throughout Wisconsin. Call 888-353-8384 or contact our workers' comp attorneys online.

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