While most employees in New York State are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, police officers and firefighters are an exception. They are not eligible to receive benefits from this program if they are hurt at work. You may wonder what steps you can take as a police officer or firefighter who was injured by a negligent party while performing your duties – and Dansker & Aspromonte Associates can help.
A Brooklyn police and firefighter injuries lawyer from our firm can help you seek compensation for your losses. You may be able to seek coverage for an array of expenses, including medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost income.
You Could File an Insurance Claim or a Lawsuit to Get Financial Recovery
While you do not qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, you are entitled to line of duty benefits and you can additionally recover compensation by filing an insurance claim or lawsuit. The liable party in your case will depend on how you were injured.
For instance, if you suffered a slip and fall injury in a firehouse because of a hazard, the City of New York may be held responsible. If you were injured in a car accident while responding to a call, you could hold the negligent motorist accountable for your losses.
We Can Help You with the Claims Process
Filing an insurance claim or lawsuit on your own can be difficult. This is where a Brooklyn police and firefighter injuries lawyer from our firm can help you. You can rest assured that our team will walk you through every stage of the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected.
We can help you by:
- Carefully and thoroughly investigate the facts of your accident
- Gathering and preserving evidence of fault
- Interviewing witnesses to the incident
- Retaining experts in accident reconstruction and medical evaluation
- Documenting the cause and severity of your injuries
- Filing your claim with the liable party or parties in a timely manner
- Keeping you updated on the development of your case
- Calculating the value of your accident-related damages, including pain and suffering and economic losses
- Negotiating a fair settlement
- Filing a lawsuit in the appropriate court and proceeding to trial in your case if necessary to obtain the compensation that you deserve
To protect your right to fair compensation, the American Bar Association (ABA) supports prompt legal action. There are deadlines that limit your rights to bring a claim for compensation. Failure to bring your claim by the deadline could prevent you from recovering what you deserve.
We encourage you to contact Dansker & Aspromonte Associates at (212) 732-2929 so that we can review your case without delay.
Damages Police and Firefighters May Be Entitled to Collect for Their On-The-Job Injuries
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may be entitled to recover the following damages:
Pain and Suffering
The Legal Information Institute (LII) explains that pain and suffering refers to the physical and mental pain you experienced due to your injuries. Various factors, including the types of injuries you suffered, treatment including surgeries that you have undergone and physical limitations that you have been left with will help determine the value of your pain and suffering.
If medical evidence supports that your injuries are permanent, you may also be entitled to recover a sum of money for future pain and suffering over your lifetime. In many instances, the compensation you may be entitled to for past and future pain and suffering can be substantial.
Contact Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today so that we can get started on determining the extent of your damages including pain and suffering that you have suffered due to your line of duty accident.
If your injuries are interfering or preventing your ability to work, a Brooklyn police and firefighter injuries lawyer from our firm can help you recover some or all of your lost wages. We can even help you calculate and recover future lost wages, lost retirement or pension benefits which result from your inability to work into the future.
In addition to helping you recover compensation for your pain and suffering and lost wages, our firm can also help you recover any money for unpaid medical treatment or future medical care.
Some medical expenses in your case may include:
- Trips to the hospital and doctor’s office
- Medical equipment, like oxygen tanks and wheelchairs
- Physical therapy
- Emergency transportation services
You may be able to recoup the cost of other medical expenses you incurred. Every case is unique.
Being a firefighter or police officer is no easy job. You are often required to put yourself in dangerous situations that put your life and health at risk. In the event you suffered injuries caused by someone else’s negligence, and as a result have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder – you may be entitled to recover compensation for these injuries.
You may be eligible to recover other injury-related expenses not discussed here.
Considerations After Getting Hurt While on the Job
After suffering an on-the-job injury, you may be intimidated by the legal process. You may be unsure of what measures could help you secure compensation for your damages.
If you have been injured on the job, taking these simple steps will help us build a stronger claim for you:
- Seek medical attention from a healthcare provider immediately
- Report your injury to your immediate supervisor
- Complete your recommended course of medical treatment, including physical therapy
- Refrain from speaking directly to representatives of the at fault party
- Do not post on social media forums about your accident, injuries, or post-accident routine
Call our team today to learn about what other steps you should take in order to recover maximum compensation for your injuries.
Contact Dansker & Aspromonte Associates for Legal Help
If you are a police officer or firefighter who was injured while on the job, call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates at (212) 732-2929 for a free consultation. Since 1988, our injury lawyers have been protecting the rights of injured people throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
We have had consistent success representing the rights of injury victims just like you. Dansker & Aspromonte Associates was able to secure a $31 million verdict for a police officer who was injured while responding to an armed robbery. In a similar situation, we recovered $3.6 million for a firefighter who was injured in the line of duty.
If someone else’s negligence is responsible for the injuries you suffered in an on-the-job accident, Dansker & Aspromonte Associates is prepared to provide you with experienced legal advice and representation. To start the process of recovering compensation for your losses, we encourage you to call us today. If we are able to accept your case, you will not be required to pay us any money upfront. We only earn a legal fee when you recover compensation.