Workplace Illnesses

When workers consider worker's compensation, they usually think about physical injuries like broken bones, cuts, scrapes, burns, or disfigurement from a particular type of accident, like a slip-and-fall or being struck by a falling object. What many people do not know however, is that worker's compensation can also cover occupational diseases.

Although you cannot file a worker's compensation claim for picking up the common cold, there are several illnesses and health issues that you can contract or develop in a workplace. Things like breathing disorders or asthma, skin rashes, hearing loss, blindness, cancer, and mesothelioma are just a few common occupational illnesses for which Wisconsin workers may receive compensation.

Many industries put workers at risk of picking up a threatening or even deadly illness. If you work as a mechanic, construction worker, bulldozer operator, roofer, policeman, carpenter, or even a hairdresser, you can be exposed to asbestos in the workplace. In addition, overexposure to acids, disinfectants, pesticides, petroleum products, paint, and heavy metals can lead to serious illness down the road. Should these substances contribute to your development of a health problem, it can hinder your ability to perform your duties. If you get sick, you can incur high medical bills and can miss out on future wages. It can be tough to support yourself and your family while you are recovering from a serious disease. Under state law, you may be entitled to worker's compensation benefits that can help ease your quality of life.

With a Wisconsin worker's compensation attorney to uphold your rights, you give yourself the best opportunity to collect what you deserve.

Many insurance companies hold out on workers by reducing their claims, as it is in the best interests of these companies not to pay claims at all. You may also benefit from working with a compassionate and experienced attorney to fight claims that have been denied. Our worker's compensation attorneys strongly believe that you deserve what you are entitled to by law. Since 1948, the worker's compensation attorneys at Gillick, Wicht, Gillick & Graf have upheld worker's rights and fought for just compensation for Wisconsin's injured workers. To explore your options, call (414) 395-5813 or contact us. You do not pay a dime until we win your case!

Frequent Questions

You have a claim if you suffered a loss because of a job-related injury. This means that, to get worker's compensation, you have to show three things:

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