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Wisconsin worker prevails in workers' compensation case

A Wisconsin employee has prevailed in his workers' compensation claim. Records show the worker hurt his right knee when he slipped and fell inside of a building. The county never disputed the man had injured himself or that the injury was incurred during work-hours, but claimed the infection that came later may have been caused by his own negligence. With this evidence, the county believes his workers' compensation claim should have been denied.

The man was forced to eventually undergo knee replacement surgery after the accident, resulting in many missed weeks of work over the period of three years. The county believes the issue surrounding the claim focuses on the man's claim that he never used a hot tub after he first underwent surgery. However, his statement may have contradicted doctor's reports, and led to doubt being cast about what actually caused the infection that resulted in the need for his entire knee to be replaced.

The man's request for workers' compensation was granted in 2010, but the county appealed and claimed crucial evidence to the case may have been overlooked. It believed the man may have been responsible for the infection because of the hot tub use. However, the appeals court sided with the employee and stated the state agency was correct when it granted the man his claim. The county will now have to pay over $70,000.

When a Wisconsin worker is injured in the course of duty, it can lead to serious health issues. The fall resulted in major complications for the man, resulting in missed work and the need for long-term medical treatment. When a company tries to deny a claim, a worker may need to seek out assistance with their case to ensure they receive all the benefits they are entitled to under the workers' compensation program.

Source: Star Times, "County loses workers' compensation appeal," Peter Rebhahn, Jan. 22, 2013

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