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Wisconsin construction worker killed on the job

It has been said Wisconsinites know two seasons, those being winter and construction season. As the weather melts into spring and summer, construction picks up for another year. All across La Crosse and the rest of the state, orange highway cones dot the intersection as it men in orange jump suits sit atop heavy machinery.

April proved a fatal month for Wisconsin construction workers as multiple were killed while on the job. Recently, one fatal construction worker accident occurred in Oshkosh when a worker was killed on the U.S. 41 site. Reportedly, the incident is still pending investigation. According to WisDOT, they are working with safety agencies to ensure that all protocol regarding safety measures was properly adhered.

Work place accidents, even when they are not fatal, can be debilitating not only for the immediate victim but for the victim's family as well. Often, the injured worker is the sole wage earner in the family. In the event of a work place accident, an injured worker may be eligible for workers' compensation.

Many are unclear about what exactly workers' compensation covers. This sort of compensation will cover medical expenses and lost wages for recovery time. It does not, however, cover pain and suffering. In order to pursue damages for pain and suffering, it is likely that a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim would need to be filed.

The difference between these claims and which one is the best to file can be confusing and could mean the difference between an award that allows enough money to support a family. Often, speaking to experienced legal counsel can clear confusion and guide the injured worker to the best possible award.

Source: TheNorthwestern.com, "Worker Killed in Highway 41 Construction Accident," April 20, 2012

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