Many workers suffer hip, knee, ankle and foot injuries in Wisconsin. The causes of these injuries are varied, ranging from trip and fall, awkward twisting, lifting, or walking on uneven surfaces. Some of these injuries result in surgery and some even result in joint replacement. Depending on the part of the body involved, compensation is due for any permanent disability at the specific joint involved.
However, many of these leg injuries also result in a pattern of walking that takes a toll on the worker’s back. These are “antalgic gait” injuries because the leg injury creates an uneven walking stance that triggers back problems. If any permanent work restrictions result from “walking goofy” additional worker’s compensation benefits are due for a potential Loss of Earning Capacity if the worker cannot return to work due to these limitations.