Colorado Workers’ Compensation Department – Burg Simpson

Firefighters – Colorado Work Comp Lawyers

Denver Workers Compensation Attorney - Firefighters - Burg Simpson

Firefighters put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe. They do so by running straight toward the dangers we’re running away from, whether it’s a house fire or a car accident. Despite that, firefighter fatalities in the line of duty have held steady at just under 70 for three years straight nationwide, while more than 68,000 firefighters got hurt on the job in 2015. Surprisingly enough, only 42 percent – or 29,130 – of those injuries actually occurred at the fireground. If you’ve been hurt on the job, or if you’ve lost a family member to the job, Burg Simpson’s Colorado workers’ compensation attorneys can help you today!

Our acclaimed workers’ compensation attorneys and paralegals have over four decades of experience filing workers’ compensation claims for firefighters. We can help you traverse a complicated workers’ comp claims process to fight for your rights and the maximum benefit amount possible. We’ll help you:

  • Understand the Colorado Workers’ Compensation law and its lengthy rules process.
  • Access the very best – and timeliest – medical care and treatment.
  • Secure reimbursement for expenses incurred after your accident.
  • Receive fair compensation for your injuries.
  • Determine how and when you can file a third-party claim.

A Colorado work comp attorney has the knowledge needed to help you through these intricate cases if you are a fire fighter! You are essential to public safety and at Burg Simpson, we recognize the risks and dangerous situations associated with your profession. Fill out our Case Evaluation form right now so we can talk to you for Free!

Just two hazards accounted for more than half of firefighter injuries at the fireground in 2015:

Falls, jumps, slips — These can involve a fall from a ladder, a mistimed jump in a burning building, or a simple slip and fall in a puddle of water. These accounted for 27.2 percent of all fireground injuries.

Overexertion, strain – Also making up 27.2 percent of injuries, these are typically a result of lifting or moving heavy equipment or fire debris.
Struck by objects – Roughly 9 percent of firefighters injured on the scene were struck by an object.

Other injuries include contact with an object, extreme weather, and exposure to fire products and chemicals and/or radiation.

Under Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation law, if you’re hurt in the line of duty – whether it’s at the fireground or the station house – you don’t have to prove fault. Just being injured or sick is enough to start the claims process. Our Colorado workmans comp lawyers have worked with hundreds of firefighters over the years to secure compensation for almost every kind of injury, such as:

  • Repetitive strain.
  • Burns.
  • Smoke inhalation.
  • Slip-and-fall injuries.
  • Stress and psychological conditions, such as PTSD.
  • Exposure to communicable diseases, such as hepatitis.
  • Exposure to hazardous and toxic chemicals.

Extensive research has shown that firefighters are also prone to several illnesses. Because of the nature of the job, firefighters endure elevated levels of heat, flames, stress (both mental and physical), and carbon monoxide. Several studies have revealed that firefighters are at a much greater risk for heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and hepatitis.

Certain types of cancer are much more prevalent in firefighters, such as digestive, oral, respiratory, and urinary cancers. Additionally, firefighters are twice as likely as the general population to contract malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer cause by asbestos exposure. Finally, research shows younger firefighters (those under 65) have increase rates of bladder and prostate cancers.

Perhaps most importantly, back in 2007, the Colorado legislature passed a law that makes it much easier for firefighters with cancer to receive workers’ compensation. In fact, this “presumption” law is part of a larger, national trend. In fact, just this year, Ohio became the 36th to pass similar legislation, which presumes certain cancers were contracted in the line of duty. At least two other states – Montana and Florida – are considering similar laws.

If you’re a firefighter in Colorado who’s contracted any of these illnesses, your job may have played a part in that. Don’t assume anything. Speak to a Colorado workers’ comp attorney today for FREE!

Workers’ compensation is designed to pay for an injured (or ill) firefighter’s medical expenses. However, there are accommodations for cash reimbursement for missed work days, too. There are other benefits you may be entitled to, as well, such as:

  • Temporary total disability
  • Temporary partial disability
  • Permanent total disability
  • Permanent partial disability
  • Death benefits

Did you know Burg Simpson’s Denver work comp lawyers can help you apply for additional Social Security benefits, as well? We’re also experienced in researching and filing possible third-party personal injury claims. Call us now at 303-792-5595 to find out more!

If someone other than your employer was responsible for your injury or illness, you might be eligible to sue a third-party for damages and compensation. It’s another reason you should speak with one of our experienced Colorado workers’ comp lawyers today to explore every option available. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case. If you decide to work with us, we operate on a contingency basis, which means we only get paid if you receive compensation.

How to Contact Colorado Work Comp Lawyers at Burg Simpson

An injury or illness acquired in the line of duty can be devastating. A firefighter killed while trying to save lives is not only tragic, but it can destroy the lives of their loved ones, as well. Burg Simpson can help. Our Colorado work comp lawyers have been fighting for workers’ more than 40 years. We know the ins and outs of Colorado’s complicated workers’ compensation law. Call us right now at 303-792-5595 of fill out our FREE Evaluation Form by clicking here.

Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

 August 16, 2017

Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

Are corporation’s people? It might sound like a simple question, but it’s one the U.S. Supreme Court answered in the affirmative when it handed down its landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010. That 5-4 ruling struck down a prohibition against certain election communications by nonprofits, corporations, labor unions, and other associations…. Read more »

Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

 August 15, 2017

Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court handed Big Pharma a big victory. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, the high court struck down California’s effort to widen the scope of non-residents seeking relief from dangerous drugs. In an 8-1 decision, the court ruled against nearly 680 plaintiffs who were suing the… Read more »

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

 August 15, 2017

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

  Twenty-Three Attorneys Were Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2018 Four Attorneys Listed as 2018 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” In Their Practice Area and Region August 15, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, is proud to announce several… Read more »

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

 August 9, 2017

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

August 9, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Thousands of new homes may be uninhabitable due to excessive levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, found in the joists of finished and unfinished basements. Homeowners and construction workers have reported feeling ill, with burning eyes and respiratory issues, after exposure to hazardous levels of formaldehyde present in these… Read more »

Employee versus Contractor – Denver Workers Compensation Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 23, 2017

Are you an Employee or an Independent Contractor?

In today’s economy, the popularity of independent contractors has ascended for several years. Whether it’s driving around strangers for money or building Web pages from home, it seems like more people than ever are forgoing employee status and embracing life as an independent contractor. In fact, a recent Intuit study claims that slightly more than… Read more »

Construction Work Danger – Denver Workers Compensation Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 8, 2017

Construction Work is as Dangerous as it is Diverse

With a jobless rate of just 2.4 percent, Colorado boasts the fourth-lowest construction unemployment rate in the country. Construction workers have been in high demand in Colorado for years, fueled by a robust housing market with increasingly high demand and low inventory. It’s a sector that shows no signs of slowing down, either. Analysts expect… Read more »

Careful with Workers’ Comp – Colorado Workmans Comp Lawyers – Burg Simpson

 July 20, 2017

Tread Carefully During a Workers’ Comp Claim

As common as they are, few things can be as contentious – and as sensitive – as navigating a workers’ compensation claim. It can be a legal minefield for both employees and employers, and both have to be extremely careful during the entire process. Can an Employer Fire an Injured Worker? State laws vary in… Read more »

Notice of Contest– Denver Workers Compensation Attorney – Burg Simpson

 July 6, 2017

What Do You Do if You’ve Received a Notice of Contest?

If you get hurt on the job, you have to tell your employer right away. The law gives workers just four days to report – in writing – non-fatal injuries to their employer. But that’s only the first of many deadlines that stand between a workers’ compensation claim and its resolution. What Does it Mean?… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

 May 3, 2016

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

Trial Talk magazine

 November 18, 2015

Trial Talk: Cross Appeal? Now What?

Burg Simpson Attorney and Shareholder Diane Vaksdal Smith’s article, published in CTLA’s Trial Talk, April/May 2015, addresses specifics of appellate practice and procedure. Download full article PDF

The Trial Lawyer Magazine

 November 18, 2015

Homebuilders v. Homeowners

Threats to Shift an Already Tilted Playing Field More in Favor of Homebuilders Burg Simpson attorneys Jennifer A. Seidman and Ronald M. Sandgrund examine what could happen if lawmakers allow builders to take advantage of and mischaracterize the causes of the Great Recession’s lingering effects, and the facts regarding the real causes of the decline… Read more »

Pop Culture

 November 18, 2015

Part IV – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

TV and Movies – What We Love and Love to Hate Twelve Angry Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, the O.J. Simpson debacle…do these movies and televised lawsuits influence decision makers? Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund continues the panel series dialogue, with Part IV addressing TV and movies. Download full article PDF

Pop Culture Part 3

 November 18, 2015

Part III – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

Managing Popular Culture’s Influence Popular culture generally has been defined as “culture based on the tastes of ordinary people rather than an educated elite.” Part III investigates whether popular culture may be undermining the rule of law. Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund mediates this panel article. Download full article PDF

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