Understand How Workers' Compensation Can Help

If you suffer an injury on the job, you are eligible to collect workers' compensation benefits, which provides a set amount of payment for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Permanent partial disability (where necessary)
  • Job retraining (where necessary)
  • Loss of earning capacity (for some injuries)

Workers' compensation applies to a wide range of work-related injuries, from traumatic injuries to injuries that build over time, like carpal tunnel syndrome or wearing out your back over time. Even illnesses resulting from long-term exposure to an environmental hazard can be covered by workers' compensation.

Common Work-Related Injuries

The following is a list of injuries, accidents and illnesses that could result in a workers' compensation or disability claim. For accidents that result in the death of a worker, workers' compensation pays the family of the worker.

Traumatic injuries and accidents

  • Lifting injuries
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Machine accidents
  • Forklift accidents
  • Auto accidents while working
  • Amputations
  • Electric shock
  • Crane accidents
  • Power tool and machinery injuries
  • Falls from heights
  • Fires and explosions
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Building collapse accidents

Occupational illnesses

  • Occupational lung disease
  • Chemical poisonings and sensitization
  • Infections
  • Vision and hearing loss
  • Asbestos diseases

Repetitive stress injuries

  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes
  • Joint degeneration

Learn More

Unless you've been through it before, the workers' compensation process can be confusing and complicated. To learn about what you might expect and how a lawyer can help you navigate the workers' compensation process, schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at our Eau Claire office. Call 715-318-2105 or toll free at 888-896-6174. You can also reach us through our online contact form.