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Wisconsin work accident sends 1 to the hospital

A 53-year-old man in Wisconsin working on the Lake Sinissippi Dam may be entitled to workers' compensation after a recent accident at a job site left him trapped and injured. According to reports, a large piece of concrete broke free from the dam and trapped him. It is unclear how extensive his injuries are, though officials state that he was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Any work accident must be reported and medical attention given immediately.

The injuries will no doubt accumulate medical bills and time lost from work. Those are the setbacks that can compound an injury and complicate the recovery process. This man was assisting in the removal of portions of the dam when the accident occurred. There will likely be a continuing investigation to determine the cause.

Even though he was able to leave the scene alive, there may be complications that arise later. Construction-related injuries are often manifested over long periods of time, involving years of strain on the body. Medical costs connected to ongoing care can accumulate quickly during recovery when the patient is focused more on healing than how to pay for the care.

When someone is injured on the job in Wisconsin, it is common for there to be questions about what exactly the law will allow for compensation. Workers' compensation benefits typically apply in these situations when a work accident or illness occurs on the job. In those instances, benefits usually cover medical expenses and lost income from work while the employee is on the mend. In that manner, the worker can focus on recovering from the injuries and returning to work with a clean bill of health.

Source: Pierce County Herald, "Friday State News Briefs: Shawano construction worker rescued after accident," Sept. 7, 2012

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