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.
- 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.
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.