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Milwaukee slip and fall accident injury attorneyBy Attorney Chris Strohbehn

If you live in Wisconsin, you know what comes after fall: winter, which usually involves plenty of snow and ice. Unfortunately, these conditions can bring another type of fall—one that causes injury. But when a slip-and-fall accident happens on a commercial property, who is responsible? The answer can be complex.

In Milwaukee, like many Wisconsin cities, “property owners and occupants of private property (commercial and residential) are required to clear sidewalks abutting their property of snow or ice within 24 hours after snow has stopped falling,” or they may face fines. While this requirement seems to place responsibility on a property owner or tenant to ensure that a sidewalk is safe, in many Wisconsin ice-induced commercial slip-and-fall cases, determining who is at fault is rarely so straightforward. There are a variety of reasons why this is so.

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office injuries in wisconsin, milwaukee personal injury lawyerFactories, warehouses, and construction sites are all known for the dangerous conditions that put workers at risk. These job sites are typically subject to numerous rules and regulations to make them safer. However, serious injuries can also occur in an office setting that can interfere with your ability to work and enjoy life. If you have sustained a serious injury while working in an office, you may be entitled to compensation.

Common Office Accidents

  1. Slip-and-fall. Many office accidents are caused by an employee tripping or slipping on a hazard. In fact, this is the most common office injury. Common risks presented in an office setting include loose electrical cords, uneven surfaces, unmarked wet floors, poor lighting and unsecured carpeting. A slip-and-fall can result in back and spine injuries, broken bones, and head trauma. Often, these accidents are preventable by raising awareness of the risks and properly marking when there is a hazard.

  2. Lifting heavy objects. Office supplies, files, and cases of water need to be lifted in an office setting. Doing so can put a strain on your back muscles. Back injuries are notoriously difficult to treat and often require long-term care. Even if your back was previously injured before your workplace accident, you should be compensated for the injury exacerbation. To avoid these injuries, do not lift heavy objects, use proper form when lifting, or ask a coworker for help.

  3. Falling objects. Office supplies located in hard-to-reach areas pose a danger to employees. Office workers could strain muscles in an attempt to get to supplies. Also, supplies can fall causing trauma to an employee’s body or back. Use a ladder with a spotter to avoid any accidents.

  4. Ergonomic injuries. Because office workers are required to be seated at a desk in front of a computer for many hours each day, there are multiple injuries for which they may be at risk. Injuries related to posture, eye strain, and repetitive movements may become apparent over time. Employers should offer workers a variety of chairs, keyboards, and desks. Workers should also be instructed as to how to adjust these items for the most ergonomic use.

Contact a Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawyer

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slip and fall accident, wisconsin personal injury lawyerSlip and fall accidents happen often and in many different locations. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, there are over one million slip and fall emergency room visits each year. 

As the name suggests, these incidents occur when a person slips and falls to the ground. The cause of the accident can be a liquid on the floor or an uneven surface. The resulting injuries, for example, bone fractures or sprains, can be debilitating.

Slip and falls can happen at the supermarket, shopping centers, private residences, or government offices. While this kind of accident can happen anywhere, not everyone who suffers from these accidents may be able to prove a lawsuit. 

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