Invisible Causes of Workplace Injuries: What You Need to Know
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Invisible Causes of Workplace Injuries: What You Need to Know

Employees can get seriously injured in the workplace from invisible and highly dangerous causes. If you haven’t heard about the invisible dangers present in many working environments, you may have a workplace injury and not even realize it.

What Are the Invisible Causes of Workplace Injuries?

Depending on your workplace, many invisible causes of injuries could be present without you even realizing it. Locations with more invisible hazards present might include facilities that use lots of chemicals, places with poor ventilation, or older buildings. But invisible causes of injuries cover a wide range, such as:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead paint
  • Chemical fumes
  • Smoke
  • Natural gas or carbon monoxide in the air
  • Exposure to heat, cold, or sunshine

How Could You Be Injured from an Invisible Cause?

Employees could get seriously injured from totally invisible causes, to the point that they do not know how they got injured. Some employees do not discover their injuries for years – they may have changed jobs or moved in the meantime. Possible injuries include:

  • Lung or breathing problems
  • Elevated lead levels (leading to numerous health problems)
  • All kinds of cancer, from skin cancer to lung cancer
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Allergies or skin problems
  • Brain damage

Sometimes it can be difficult for employees to tie the invisible causes of their injuries to the injuries themselves. This is especially true if the injuries happened years beforehand. Insurance companies love to deny these kinds of claims because employees effectively have the burden of proving the causation.

Unfortunately, the medical bills for treating injuries caused by invisible sources often become extremely expensive. As a result, seek out legal assistance from a workers’ compensation attorney if you need to receive benefits. The attorney could help you show the chain of causation from the invisible cause present in your workplace to your injury today, with the help of medical experts and other evidence.

Need help getting workers’ compensation for your injury? Joe Osterbauer, Esq. and the Osterbauer Law Firm stand up for injured Minnesota workers’ rights. Joe’s 27 years of workers’ compensation experience and his team’s speedy service combine to get clients the results they need. To schedule a free consultation, visit Osterbauer Law Firm online or call Joe’s office at (612) 334-3434.