Workers' Compensation Attorney for First Responders
Public safety officers and first responders are entitled to workers' compensation benefits when they are injured on the job. Public safety and first responder injuries like cancer and lung disease can sometimes be difficult to prove. Attorney Gilbert Fisher can establish and prove causation for injured workers in these situations.View transcript
Public safety and first responders are exposed to a lot of dangers that most of us aren't in our everyday work life. The hazards that they face are pretty amazing and they do a tremendous job. When they're injured while exposed to those dangers, they're entitled to workers' compensation benefits. If you've been injured as a result of your job as a public safety or first responder in California, you're entitled to California workers' compensation benefits, and you should consult with an attorney to make sure you understand your rights and what the next step is. Fortunately, in California, our first responders and public safety workers are entitled to a number of benefits that other employees are not. However, if you aren't aware of what these benefits are or how to protect your rights under California law, it's important to talk to an attorney early in your case and make sure that your rights are protected. Over the past 20 years as we have represented injured workers throughout California's Central Valley, we have helped a number of first responders and public safety officials secure the benefits to which they're entitled. When they consult with us, they can expect that we'll understand those special protections and that we'll be able to discuss with them their rights and how to protect them. Some of the special protections to which California's first responder and public safety employees are entitled deal with presumptions under the law when it comes to causation and when it comes to certain types of injury. Often, the burden of proof for an employee when it comes to injuries that include things like cancer or lung disease can be pretty difficult to establish and prove causation, but our public safety officials, our public safety employees and first responders are entitled to some presumptions in those cases. So, oftentimes, the questions that they have are, "How do these presumptions work? Does the presumption apply to me as an injured worker and to the condition that I have?"