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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.

University of Cincinnati Honors Janet G. Abaray

 September 11, 2018

University of Cincinnati Honors Janet G. Abaray

The University of Cincinnati’s College of Arts and Sciences has chosen Burg Simpson Ohio shareholder Janet G. Abaray as part of a trio of alumni who’ll be honored at a reception and dinner Oct. 4. The association named Abaray as its 2018 Distinguished Alumna. This annual event recognizes A&S alumni for their achievements in their… Read more »

Colorado Law Firms Join Forces to Seek Justice for Victims of the Durango 416 Fire

 September 10, 2018

Colorado Law Firms Join Forces to Seek Justice for Victims of the Durango 416 Fire

September 10, 2018 (Durango, CO)—The long-time Durango law firm of DUTHIE SAVASTANO BRUNGARD has teamed up with the nationally recognized Colorado-based trial firm of BURG SIMPSON ELDREDGE HERSH & JARDINE to bring justice to the victims of the Durango 416 Fire and to hold the owners, operators and management of the Durango & Silverton Narrow… Read more »

Burg Simpson Supports the National Latino Peace Officers Association

 September 5, 2018

Burg Simpson Supports the National Latino Peace Officers Association

September 4, 2018 (Denver, CO)- Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., and Burg Simpson shareholder Nick Fogel, are proud to support the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) at their 45th annual Training Institute and Convention. The event will take place at the Omni Interlocken Hotel from September 5th through September 8th. Hosted by… Read more »

Michael S. Burg Wants the State to Do More to End Body Brokers

 September 4, 2018

Michael S. Burg Wants the State to Do More to End Body Brokers

After the feds raid shut down a Montrose, Colorado, funeral home in February, it didn’t take lawmakers long to crack down on the state’s body broker trade. Legislators quickly drafted and passed the Human Remains Disposition Sale Businesses Act, which went into effect earlier this summer. The law prevents anyone from owning both a funeral… Read more »

Summer Jobs Safety – Workers Comp Lawyers Denver – Colorado Burg Simpson

 August 9, 2018

Summer Jobs Put Teen Workers at Risk

Despite a historically low unemployment rate – hovering at 3.8 percent – teenagers haven’t exactly been racing to get summer jobs lately. According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., teen hiring fell nearly 4 percent to 1.28 million jobs gained last summer. Employment among teen workers – ages 16 to 19 – peaked at 190,000… Read more »

Work Comp Payments – Denver Work Comp Attorney – Colorado Burg Simpson

 July 23, 2018

Colorado Worker’s Comp Payments Go Digital

In less than a year, Pinnacol Assurance has managed to move more than two-thirds of injured workers into a direct deposit system for workers’ comp claims. Pinnacol, Colorado’s workers’ compensation insurer of last resort, rolled out direct deposit wage replacement for injured employees. Now roughly 70 percent of their clients have enrolled in the program,… Read more »

Workplace Violence Employee Safety – Workers Comp Lawyers Denver – Colorado Burg Simpson

 June 4, 2018

Workplace Violence Threatens Employee Safety

Sadly, the possibility of violence shattering the workplace is more likely than ever. According to the latest data from the National Safety Council, roughly 2 million Americans are victims of workplace violence every year. In 2014, for example, more than 400 employees died as result of a senseless attack – making up about 16 percent… Read more »

Workers’ Comp Options – Workers Comp Lawyers Denver – Colorado Burg Simpson

 March 20, 2018

Employers Workers’ Comp Options for their Employees

Any company doing business in Colorado – whether it’s a public or private entity – is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance helps protect both the employer and the employee in the case of an accident on the job. Anyone hired to perform services for pay is considered an employee by state law…. 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.

Ring of Fire: The Unseen Economic Crisis

 February 29, 2016

Ring of Fire: The Unseen Economic Crisis

Ring of Fire host Farron Cousins talks with Michael Burg about taxes and the government’s resistance to upgrade America’s infrastructure.

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