People show up to work every day at what are considered dangerous jobs. But are these workers protected by the same workers’ compensation laws as others?
The short answer is, yes. Whether you’re a truck driver, firefighter or work in construction, you are entitled to benefits and compensation through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.
At Shollenberger Januzzi & Wolfe, LLP, LLP, a significant portion of our practice is devoted to representing workers who have experienced injuries in dangerous working conditions throughout Pennsylvania, including, but by no means limited to:
- Construction workers
- Health care workers
- Oil and gas refinery workers
- Public school teachers
- Truck drivers
- Farm workers
Is My Job Really That Dangerous?
Some jobs are just more dangerous than others. For example, would you think an elementary school teacher works in a dangerous environment? Although the work may seem pretty benign, the truth is that kids can be aggressive and may physically harm teachers.
Other jobs may require heavy lifting or put workers in contact with harmful chemicals. If toxic fumes are breathed by an oil refinery worker or welder daily, this creates an occupational disease as a result of exposure to dangerous conditions. You don’t have to look too hard to realize that there are numerous careers that place workers in harm’s way.
Under some circumstances, special legal provisions provide opportunities for firefighters and other injured workers who have cancer, heart, or lung disease from smoke inhalation. These individuals may qualify for special workers’ compensation. Under typical circumstances, employees will file a regular workers’ compensation claim.
Seek Legal Representation
If you’ve been injured while working a particularly dangerous job, don’t assume that you don’t have options for pursuing benefits. By working with the attorneys at Shollenberger Januzzi & Wolfe, LLP, LLP, you can gather information, understand your rights, learn how to assert those rights, and get the money you need to care for your family and treat your injuries.
By contacting our team at the law offices of Shollenberger Januzzi & Wolfe, LLP, LLP, you’ll be able to work with an experienced attorney who can represent your claim.