Injuries Covered by Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation
The worker’s compensation law of Wisconsin defines an injury as any mental or physical harm due to workplace accidents or diseases, including accidental damage to artificial limbs, dental appliances and teeth. Injuries covered include:
Physical harm or injury such as bruises, burns, cuts, fractures, crushing injuries, hernias, sprains, strains, stiffness, amputation, loss or paralysis of part of the body, sudden loss of hearing, sudden loss of vision and disfigurement.
Mental harm including nervous disorders, hysteria, and traumatic neurosis. The effects of brain hemorrhage caused by an industrial accident may also result in such harm. If the injury is mental harm or emotional stress without a physical trauma, the injured employee must show that it resulted from a situation of greater dimensions than the day-to-day mental stresses and tensions which all employees’ experience.
Accidental injury such as physical or traumatic mental harm occurring suddenly and unexpectedly as a result of some employment-related activity.
Occupational disease is chronic physical or mental harm caused by exposure over a period of time to some employment-related substance, condition or activity. Occupational disease includes loss of hearing and deterioration of bodily functions. Examples of common types of occupational disease are dermatitis (skin trouble), infection, silicosis, tuberculosis, pneumonia, lead poisoning, multiple chemical sensitivity and respiratory disease. In addition, occupational disease includes deterioration of bodily function caused by working conditions over a period of time. For instance, hernias and back trouble caused by repetitive motion or repeated strain over a period of time are considered occupational diseases under the law.
Occupational Deafness. Benefits are payable if prolonged exposure to noise causes permanent partial or total loss of hearing.
Eye glasses and hearing aids may be replaced only when a personal injury entitles the employee to medical treatment or payment of worker’s compensation benefits. If a pair of glasses drops to the floor, with no personal injury, there is no payment or replacement.