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Who is eligible for workers' compensation?

The purpose of the workers' compensation system is to allow both employers and employees to quickly settle claims related to work-related injuries and avoid a lengthy court process. Many workers in Wisconsin who become injured in connection with their jobs are eligible to claim workers' compensation benefits. However, just because you sustain an injury on the job, it does not automatically follow that you should receive workers' compensation.

According to FindLaw, there are certain classes of employees who may not qualify for compensation even after a work-related injury. These classes can include agricultural workers, undocumented workers, domestic workers and seasonal workers. However, it is important to note that regulations governing compensation for workers in these categories vary by state. 

What is a muscle strain?

Muscle strains are among the most common workplace injuries that you may sustain in Wisconsin. According to the Mayo Clinic, muscle strains occur when a muscle or tendon becomes stretched too far while in use. If you do not recognize the phrase "muscle strain," you may be more familiar with the term "pulled muscle," which describes the same condition.

While many muscle strains occur suddenly due to a forceful injury, some muscle strains are chronic, meaning that the injury develops gradually over time due to repeating the same movement over and over. 

Responsible Party Hosts Reduce Drunk Driving Risks in Wisconsin

Spring break and the graduation season are upon us, which means more road risks involving young drivers, including an increased risk of drugged or drunk driving.

It's an issue that made news this week after the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard a case to determine whether law enforcement can draw blood without a warrant from suspected drunk drivers in Wisconsin, according to the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, safety advocates continue to push lawmakers to do more when it comes to reducing drunk driving risks in Wisconsin. One proposed measure would make a first-offense DUI a crime. Wisconsin is the only state where it remains a civil violation.

But this spring it will be responsible party hosts that have the greatest impact on road safety, particularly where young drivers are involved. Our injury lawyers in Hayward and Winter encourage you to plan carefully and act responsibly, to avoid turning your celebration into a tragedy.

Wisconsin Motorcycle Accidents a Spring Risk

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

As the snow melts and spring arrives in earnest, we will begin to see more riders on the road. Too many motorists think motorcycle safety messages are aimed at riders. In reality, it is vehicle drivers that are responsible for the vast majority of collisions involving motorcycle riders. livetoride.jpg

Each year, more than 5,000 riders are killed on the nation's highways and byways, accounting for about 1 in 5 road deaths, despite there being far fewer motorcycles on the road than passenger vehicles. Per mile driven, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates riders are at least 20 times more likely to be killed than automobile occupants.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Winter and Hayward urge drivers to exercise patience and caution when around motorcycles. Allowing a rider to pass before proceeding is typically the safest option when it comes to avoiding the risks of causing a serious or fatal traffic collision.

Wisconsin is a great state for riding and as a result we have a surprisingly high number of serious and fatal motorcycle collisions. Last year, 85 riders died in Wisconsin motorcycle collisions, according to the Governor's Highway Safety Association.

Workers Memorial Day honors those affected in workplace accidents

Not every job is inherently dangerous, as we at the Lein Law Offices understand. Anyone can be injured or suffer a job-related illness, regardless of where they work. Therefore, thousands of people every year are killed in work-related accidents, and millions more are injured or become ill on the job. You and other Wisconsin residents may be interested in learning about the upcoming Workers Memorial Day.

Chances are that you hold a job or someone close to you works, which means that workplace accidents can affect everyone across the country. On April 28, safety advocates and government agencies will honor the lives lost and people affected from work-related accidents and illnesses. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization explains that Workers Memorial Day serves to educate the public about the ongoing issue of workplace safety, as well as to fight for better safety standards and to hold negligent companies accountable for failing to meet standards, which continually results in tragic workplace accidents.

What is osteoporosis?

When people in Wisconsin talk about slip-and-fall accidents, osteoporosis is often part of the conversation. Though osteoporosis is not a cause of accidents or falls, it may make the effects of a fall worse if you have it, resulting in fractures and other serious injuries that may not have occurred in the absence of the condition. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, osteoporosis occurs when your body breaks down old bone without producing enough new bone to replace it. This causes your bones to become weak, brittle and more susceptible to fracture due to a fall or impact. There are many risk factors for osteoporosis, some of which are within your control. For example, you can help prevent osteoporosis with cessation or reduction of smoking and drinking alcohol, increased calcium intake and regular exercise. However, some risk factors for osteoporosis, such as your family history or your age, are beyond your ability to change or control. Certain medical conditions also increase your risk of developing osteoporosis, though treatment of the underlying condition may help improve your chances of avoiding it. 

Fatal Milwaukee Elevator Fall Illustrates Construction Injury Risks

I tragic demolition incident in Milwaukee illustrates the confluence of risk factors that make construction among the nation's most dangerous occupations.

FOX6 News reports the man was driving a forklift when it fell seven stories down an elevator shaft. The historic building is undergoing renovations for use as a storage facility, according to media reportselevatorshaft.jpg.

Our workers' compensation attorneys in Hayward know statistically construction workers are most likely to be injured in both elevator and fall accidents. Last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated 8 cases of employee elevator injury, six of them fatal.

Choosing the Right Auto Insurance Coverage in Wisconsin

Auto insurance rates are on the rise nationwide.

Insurance Zebra's State of Auto Insurance report shows premiums have increased 23 percent since 2011, to a nationwide average of $1,470 annually. Eighty percent of drivers should expect to see an increase in premiums for the coming year.

Cited reasons for the increase include regulation, increased population, losses related to natural disasters, as well as economic and social factors, including increased mileage and distracted driving.carcrash.jpg

Our car accident lawyers in Hayward and Winter encourage you to review your policy carefully to make sure you have the best coverage in place for you and your family.

What is the difference between medial and lateral epicondylitis?

Stress, strain and repetitive use injuries occur in many Wisconsin workplaces, from offices to construction sites and everywhere in between. Though they can affect just about any area of the body, many specifically affect the shoulder, wrist, hand and other parts of each upper extremity. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, medial epicondylitis is a condition that affects the elbow. It is similar to lateral epicondylitis. The main difference between the two is that they occur on different sides of the elbow. There are two bony prominences on either side of your elbow to which tendons from your forearm attach. When your arm hangs by your side with the palm turned out toward the front, one of these bony prominences is on the inside of your elbow, next to the rest of your body, and the other is on the outside of the elbow. Medial epicondylitis affects the inside of your elbow, while lateral epicondylitis affects the outside. 

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