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Causes of Work-Related Injury

There are numerous causes of work-related injuries, including but not limited to:

  • Slip and falls on slick or damaged floors
  • Hazardous materials that cause acute or chronic illness
  • Heavy machinery accidents and injuries
  • Injuries caused by toppling objects
  • Repetitive motion injuries, such as back injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome
  • On-the-job vehicle accidents
  • Collisions

An accident at work can occur at any time and without warning. Workers' compensation is designed to cover the medical expenses and lost wages related to these accidents.

Workers' compensation may also cover chronic conditions‚ like repetitive motion injuries or illnesses associated with inhaling or handling hazardous chemicals‚ if it can be proven that the condition is directly related to the job.
For example, asbestos exposure is a known job hazard; while asbestos use was discontinued in the 1970s, factory workers and other employees may continue to be exposed.

But many workers' compensation cases can become complicated, requiring multiple experts and a firm willing to retain them. Attorney Casey's office has retained industrial hygienists and occupational medicine physicians in pursuit of these types of cases.

What Jobs Are the Most Dangerous?

While an accident can happen at any job, there are professions that are known to be more hazardous than others.

Some of the most dangerous jobs include:

  • Fishing
  • Aircraft engineering and piloting
  • Logging
  • Roofing
  • Refuse collection
  • Construction work
  • Steel mill work
  • Truck driving
  • Farming
  • Mining

If you've been injured at work, whether you work in a profession that is known to be dangerous or not, it is important to contact a seasoned Pittsburgh workers' compensation attorney to protect your rights under the law.