If you think your job cannot make you ill, it is time for you to think again. There are many employment opportunities that carry hazards which may make you sick. For example, those employed in agriculture and construction industries often experience illness because of exposure to toxic materials or substances. In another example, firefighters often contract illnesses due to repeated smoke inhalation. Even pilots may not be safe from illnesses like cancer due to too much exposure to cosmic radiation.
The question is not whether your job can make you sick; it is what you can do about it if you do become ill. Workers’ compensation will cover any illness you may have contracted in the course of performing your job duties, but you have to file a claim before you will receive this compensation. Your employer should be able to assist you in filling out the paperwork necessary to file your claim. However, some employees find that their employers are not helpful about workplace illness or injury. If this happens to you, it is in your best interests to speak with a workers’ compensation attorney.
Remember, workers’ compensation is your right and it is important to fight for it. We urge you to read the information published on our website to learn more about workers’ compensation in Pittsburgh and other area of Pennsylvania.