Firefighters are critical for keeping our city safe. These devoted and brave civil servants are involved in one of the most dangerous occupations in the world and every day they risk their lives for us.
Firefighters and Worker’s Compensation
Under the “Fireman’s Law,” our city’s firefighters may be able to sue their employer for negligence.
If a firefighter is injured in a fire truck accident, for instance, that was caused by the truck driver’s negligence, and the truck driver is a fellow firefighter, worker’s compensation would not cover the damages. But, with the help of an attorney at Dansker&Aspromonte, the injured firefighter could sue his co-employee and the city as the vehicle’s owner.
Firefighter Accidents and Injuries
Sadly, firefighters often succumb to injuries due to accidents. Sometimes, those accidents leave them unable to work and with few career options.
The state of New York prevents workers from suing their employer if they are injured on the job. But, thanks to the “Fireman’s Law,” both firefighters, sanitation workers, and police officers can sue their employers if they are injured due to another party’s negligence.
This law came about when the City of New York opted out of the state’s worker’s compensation system that would otherwise give these valued and valuable employees the compensation deserved in the event of such accidents.
So, firefighters who are injured while on the job are not eligible for worker’s compensation. Therefore, they may have to sue the City of New York or their fellow employee in order to be properly and fairly compensated for an accident.
Are You a Firefighter Who Has Been Injured on the Job?
There are loads of example of firefighters being involved in accidents that could require legal action. If you are a firefighter who has been injured when responding to a call in a building that was not up to the required code or had faulty maintenance, for example, you are likely eligible for compensation.
In such cases, where the case is not actually against the fire department, your employer will probably provide medical cover for a certain amount of time and for any necessary treatment for injuries that occurred while you were on the job. That is, provided they deem the injuries “reasonable.”
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Our expert team have been representing New York City’s valued firefighters for more than 35 years and in a broad range of cases. We boast a 95 percent success rate at trial and we work with a team of experts to ensure you receive the just and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries and suffering.
If you or someone you know needs a New York firefighter injury attorney, get in touch for your free consultation today. We serve all five boroughs of the city and have thorough knowledge of firefighter injury laws, circumstances, and claims. We will not charge you until we win or settle your case.
Let our compassionate and experienced firefighter injury attorneys help you fight for your compensation.