Colorado Workers’ Compensation Attorneys – Burg Simpson

Firefighters – Denver Workers Compensation Attorney

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.

Burg Simpson Sues Feds over Floodwater Release

 October 17, 2017

Burg Simpson Sues Feds over Floodwater Release

Late one night in September 2013, after days of constant rainfall, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation opened the floodgates of Olympus Dam in Larimer County, Colorado. More than 5,000 cubic feet of water per second rushed down the Big Thompson River, destroying several homes along the way. Overall, the flooding that year killed 10 people… Read more »

Michael S. Burg’s Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiled

 October 12, 2017

Michael S. Burg’s Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiled

Temple University unveiled Burg Simpson founder Michael S. Burg’s portrait in its Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame earlier this month. Michael attended the ceremony, where he expressed his concern for the future of the profession. “The framers of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence understood the importance of the jury trial and how important… Read more »

Alan K. Simpson Supports Return to Civil Discourse

 September 28, 2017

Alan K. Simpson Supports Return to Civil Discourse

Over the last several years, the tone of American politics has become increasingly unpleasant, to put it mildly. It’s something Burg Simpson co-founder Alan K. Simpson wants to see change. One thing Simpson would like to see is lawmakers spending more time listening to their constituents. It’s something he made a priority during his own… Read more »

Michael S. Burg Discusses Equifax CEO’s Sudden Retirement

 September 27, 2017

Michael S. Burg Discusses Equifax CEO’s Sudden Retirement

Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg spoke with Reuters this week about the abrupt retirement of Equifax CEO Richard Smith following the credit reporting agency’s massive data breach. “They didn’t do anything to protect the consumers and their information,” Burg told the news service, “Then they attempted to keep people from being able to… Read more »

Temporary versus Permanent Disability – Workers Comp Lawyers in Denver – Burg Simpson

 October 10, 2017

What’s the Difference between Temporary and Permanent Disability?

What most employees don’t realize after they’ve been hurt on the job is that they’re entitled to more than medical benefits. If you’ve been injured at work – and have missed three shifts or three calendar days of work – you’re also entitled to compensation for a portion of the wages you’ve lost because of… Read more »

Office Workers Face Workplace Hazards – Denver Workers Compensation Attorney – Burg Simpson

 October 3, 2017

Office Workers Face Workplace Hazards, Too

Office workers tend to have an artificially inflated sense of security when it comes to workplace safety. It’s not like the members of the buttoned-down, nine-to-five set are climbing construction scaffolding or chasing suspects down dark alleys, so what do they have to be afraid of? Plenty, since tens of thousands of office workers get… Read more »

9 Dos and Don’ts of Work Comp – Denver Workers Compensation Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 September 27, 2017

9 Dos and Don’ts of Workers’ Compensation Claims

For the last two years, Colorado has seen lower “loss costs,” primarily as a result of fewer, and less severe, worksite accidents. The Colorado Division of Insurance defines loss costs as the medical payments and lost wages paid to injured employees. “Employers in Colorado continue to do a good job of preventing workplace incidents in… Read more »

Drugs, Alcohol, & Work Comp - Denver Workers Compensation Attorney – Burg Simpson

 September 20, 2017

Can Drugs and Alcohol Hurt Your Workers’ Comp Case?

It’s been five years since voters legalized recreational pot consumption in Colorado. As a result, many employers have backed off from testing candidates and employees for drug use at a record pace. In 2014, for example, roughly 77 percent of Colorado companies featured drug-testing policies. Today, only 62 percent of businesses test for drug use,… 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?

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