Workers' Compensation for First Responders
Police officers, paramedics, and other first responders face a great risk of on-the-job injury. However, sometimes the workers' compensation they need to recover from their injuries is denied or inadequate. Attorney Gilbert Fisher n Fresno, CA, helps to collect maximum workers' compensation for first responders by filing their claim and demonstrating the true extent of their injuries and needs. If third parties contributed to a first responder's injury, Mr. Fisher can also help to file a claim and collect compensation from the responsible party.
What is a First Responder and How are They Placed at Risk?
A first responder is any medically trained professional who arrives to help in an emergency situation. This most often includes police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians, as well as other public workers. The emergencies range from car accidents and building fires to natural disasters and terrorist attacks.
The very nature of a first responder’s job places them at risk for injury. As with any other professional, a first responder may be entitled to workers' compensation for injuries sustained in their service to the public.
With Mr. Gilbert's help, you and your family can stop worrying about your losses and start concentrating on healing.
Common Types of Injuries
First responders face a risk of several types of injury, including:
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Burn injuries
- Sprains or dislocations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain damage
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
While certain injuries are immediately noticeable, some build over time. Cumulative injuries from carrying equipment or other physical burdens often affect the knees and shoulders. Mental health concerns are often less obvious, but equally serious. Many emergency responders develop PTSD after witnessing the aftermath of major accidents or disasters.
Understanding Your Legal Options
First responders injured in the line of duty have a number of legal avenues through which to pursue compensation, including:
- Workers' compensation: Any person who is injured on the job may be entitled to workers' compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages and work, physical impairment, and, in some cases, mental anguish. If the injury is a result of a lack of training or protective gear, you may be eligible for further reparations.
- Third-party lawsuits: If an accident is in any way caused by factors such as faulty equipment resulting from manufacturer negligence or negligence on the part of a motorist, the victim can file a separate claim in order to pursue due compensation.
- Wrongful death: If a responder is killed during an on-the-job accident, a wrongful death lawsuit can cover a lost source of income and other losses for their family and loved ones.
Why Hire an Attorney?
Although the agencies that employ first responders carry workers' compensation insurance for the express purpose of aiding workers injured on the job, the truth is that there is no guarantee that a claim will be honored, or that the payout will truly reflect the injured worker's needs. Attorney Gilbert Fisher understands the complexities of these claims and can help you receive the amount of compensation you truly need. He can also help you file an appeal if a previous claim was denied.
Discuss Your Case with Gilbert Fisher
If you are a first responder who has been injured on the job, contact attorney Gilbert Fisher online or at (559) 447-1210 to schedule a consultation and discuss your case in detail. With his help, you and your family can stop worrying about your losses and start concentrating on healing.