High-Risk Occupations For Workers Comp Injuries

Ohio BWC continues to report declining statistics in the number of workers’ compensation claims filed. However, Ohio remains a largely a labor-intensive workforce. “Unsurprisingly, the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. are labor intensive.”

If you are injured while working in a dangerous industry, you may be eligible for workers compensation benefits. Garson Johnson attorneys have decades of experience handling these types of industries and workers comp claims.

Construction Workers

Construction workers in Cleveland and across the state of Ohio are often involved in accidents that lead to on-the-job injuries. The conditions on construction sites are dangerous. Hard physical labor, long hours, harsh working conditions and sometimes unsafe surroundings increases the chance of workplace injuries. Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to help construction workers who have been hurt on sites in Ohio.

The most frequent construction accidents include:

  • Ladder and scaffolding falls
  • Falling objects
  • Falls from Heights
  • Car and truck accidents on the job
  • Loading dock accidents
  • Trench collapses
  • Explosions and fires
  • Electrocutions
  • Crane accidents

Nurses & Health Care Employees

Health care workers, including doctors and nurses, often face difficult and hazardous conditions on the job. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities require tremendous amount of physical labor for duties like moving patients and lifting in and out of baths, beds and wheelchairs. Health care workers may also experience injuries when:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Assaults from patients
  • Needle sticks
  • Transporting patients in or out of bed
  • Falling debris
  • Slip, trip and fall accidents
  • Auto accidents in the scope of employment

Firefighter & EMT Workers

As a paramedic, EMT or firefighter, a dangerous work environment and tough conditions are a regular part of your duties and daily work life. While you are trained to handle these types of situations, some accidents cannot be prevented. If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for medical treatment and wages while you recover.


On January 4, 2017, Governor Kasich signed into law the “Michael Louis Palumbo Jr. Act”. This law benefits Ohio’s fire fighters who contract cancer by making them eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

If you know a firefighter with cancer, please share this important message. 

If you are a firefighter with cancer, please call Jeff Johnson immediately at (216) 696-9330 or complete the Let Us Help!

Our firm has represented firefighters and emergency medical personnel who have been injured as the result of:

  • Fall accidents in slippery and dangerous environments
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Roof collapses
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Ambulance, fire truck and other vehicle accidents
  • Defective machinery
  • Cancer

Police Office, Detective Or Highway Patrol

Police officers face tough challenges almost every day on the job. We recognize these law enforcement professionals put their lives on the line every day to protect us. If you are injured on the job, protecting your rights under the workers’ compensation system is our job.

Fatal & nonfatal police injures include;

  • Patrol car/ motor vehicle accidents
  • Pedestrian vehicular incidents (passing cars striking a police officer standing along the road)
  • Shootings and assaults
  • Overexertion
  • Impact with objects or equipment
  • Exposure to harmful substances
  • Fires and explosions

Corrections Officers

Corrections officers are responsible for people who have been arrested, waiting for trial, or in jail or a prison serving a sentence. They ensure that inmates obey rules, supervise activities, and monitor the location of all inmates. Violence is not uncommon in correctional facilities. Yet, violence is not the only source of injuries to prison employees or prison guards.

  • Fights between inmates
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Falling debris
  • Repetitive motion and stress injuries
  • Slip, trip and fall accidents
  • Defective machinery and other defective products

At the law firm of Garson Johnson LLC, in Cleveland, Ohio, our experienced attorneys can help you explore your options for recovery after being injured on the job. We will explain your rights, whether it may be in your best interests to file a third-party injury claim and what you can expect out of the process. In more than 40 years of experience, we have represented injured workers throughout Ohio.

Protect Your Rights: Free Attorney Consultation

If you were injured on the job and want to speak with an attorney, contact our Cleveland, Ohio, workers’ compensation lawyers to arrange a free consultation about your rights and options.

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Thanks to the hard working men and women of Ohio for allowing us to serve you. The workers comp system is very challenging. By no choice of their own, workers find themselves injured, off work, and desperate for answers and treatment. We are honored to focus on our clients not just their legal case. The best complement we receive is a referral from existing clients. The second best is their words of thanks and appreciation.

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