These brave workers risk their lives everyday while in the line of duty. Typical work-related accidents can include motor vehicle accidents, falls from elevated heights, overexertion, shooting accidents, which can result in broken bones, burns, and scarring.
Robinson Law is well versed with these types of injuries and can provide assistance if you have a potential third party lawsuit against another entity, in addition to your employer. They can also advise if you are entitled to additional workers’ compensation benefits, besides the usual indemnity and medical benefits.
Firefighters, for example, perform a wide array of duties other than just putting out fires. Using heavy specialized equipment such as actual fire extinguishers, hoses, and water vessels and pumps, firefighters tackle the many different obstacles in their path. They also use equipment to combat hazardous material fires, which must be cleaned, inspected and maintained.
These hard workers have to be in tip-top shape and undergo rigorous ongoing training in all aspects of their jobs. Consider that when these brave souls approach and go into burning buildings. They may very well have to search for and rescue people and/or animals and further, treat sick or injured people. Most of this work is fast-paced, with injuries to muscles and bones being common. Despite the heavy protective equipment being worn, burns can still occur, leaving scarring and disfigurement.
Because these are emergency situations, time is of the essence. Knowing this, the hurry could cause motor vehicle accidents involving fire trucks and emergency vehicles. There are a host of injuries that can occur from these particular accidents, such as neck and back injuries, loss of use of limbs, internal injuries and concussions, to name a few. For a more in-depth look at what firefighters must do and endure, click here.
Medics and Police also face many of these challenges. Although they are not necessarily dealing with fires, they can unfortunately deal with more sinister injuries such as knife and gunshot wounds, or even death.
Don’t take any work injuries lightly, consult with a certified specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Paula Robinson.