Firefighters perform an invaluable service in our communities, and in the course of their jobs, they expose themselves to serious and potentially disabling injuries and illnesses. In addition to putting out fires; working in unsafe structures, inhaling toxins, and carrying heavy equipment can take a serious toll on your body, which is why firefighter workers’ compensation claims are very common.
Even when injuries do occur during the course of your job, getting claims approved can be a challenging process. The circumstances surrounding your injuries or illness will be carefully reviewed, as will your injuries and how they impact your job and daily life. Too often claims end up being disputed and denied, and in these situations, our firefighter injury attorneys are here to help help you.
As experienced firefighter injury attorneys, we understand the serious impacts you may suffer due to on the job accidents and occupational injuries. Medical care, and the need for rehabilitation can result in a heavy financial burden, while your injuries may prevent you from working now and in the months and years to come. Even if you can return to your job, lingering disabilities can impact your ability to work long hours or perform certain tasks. Employers are not always accommodating these needs, and you could find yourself in the position of making less money or even having to find a new job.
At Schibell & Mennie, LLC, we provide professional legal representation in these situations, to help ensure your rights are protected at a time when you are most vulnerable. We act as a fierce legal advocate in helping you obtain the New Jersey workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to, allowing you to focus your attention on recovering your health.
Firefighter injuries are an unfortunately common occurrence. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that as many as 68,000 firefighters are injured each year in the U.S., and roughly one third of these injuries occurred directly at the scene of a fire. Firefighters face the risk of serious burns that often require extensive, extremely painful procedures in specialized settings, and injuries often result in permanent scarring and disfigurement. Burns can also impact the respiratory system, resulting in impaired breathing and occupational illnesses.
The physical demands of putting out fires carry significant risks, and often require firefighters to venture into unsafe spaces. When injuries occur in these types of situations, workers’ compensation benefits can help ensure you get the care you need.
Based on data collected by the NFPA, the leading causes of firefighter injuries and occupational illnesses include the following:
In addition to building fires, firefighters are often called to assist in rescuing victims at car accident scenes. This may involve removing victims trapped under heavy car parts, going down steep embankments, or performing water rescues. Firefighters risk their own lives in these situations, and face injuries due to being struck by other motor vehicles, suffering crushing injuries, or falling victim to fatal or non-fatal drowning accidents.
Common types of firefighter injuries reported by the NFPA include:
When any of the above types of injuries or illnesses occur, our experienced New Jersey firefighter attorneys are here to help. Contact Schibell & Mennie, LLC to get the legal guidance you need to ensure you get the maximum amount of benefits you are entitled to. For answers to your questions and concerns, call or contact us online today to request a free consultation.
If you need to consult a New Jersey attorney, you need to contact Schibell & Mennie, LLC. The initial consultation is always free.