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Wisconsin veteran involved in serious work accident

A Wisconsin veteran sustained serious injuries in a work accident after being run over by a forklift. The accident occurred at the dismantling of a trade show while he was assisting in removing milling machines from one of the booths at the show. Somehow, he was knocked down and his foot was run over by the forklift. The injury required four surgeries and the use of leeches to control blood circulation. Although doctors were able to save the majority of his foot, the work accident caused him to lose his left heel.

Any time a worker sustains an injury while on the job, they are typically entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits. The prognosis is mostly positive, but it could be over a year before he will be able to walk. The accident has been cited as one of the worst in recent memory and is responsible for a lawsuit concerning staffing and safety controls. The incident is also being investigated by OSHA and has raised questions from the injured man's legal team about whether McCormick Place is compromising the safety of its exhibitors by using smaller labor crews.

So far the circumstances surrounding the accident, which occurred in Chicago, are unknown. The injured worker shared his knowledge of what happened. However, others involved have declined to speak about the accident and have yet to file their responses to the allegations leveled against them in the lawsuit. This could potentially hinder the OSHA investigation.

Any time a Wisconsin worker is injured in a work accident, it can be a cause of concern for both the worker and employer. However, the injuries this man sustained could very well preclude him from being able to hold down a job for a lengthy period of time and maybe even permanently. He will have a long road to recovery, but fortunately workers' compensation is there to assist him while he is out of work. Normally, state law precludes an employee from suing an employer or coworker when workers' compensation is applicable, though there are exceptions and there is also no ban on suing third parties alleged to have negligently caused or contributed to the injuries suffered.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "McCormick Place accident leaves veteran seriously injured," Kathy Bergen, Nov. 30, 2012

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