In 2016, according to the latest research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), roughly 62,000 firefighters suffered an injury in the line of duty – a 9 percent drop from 2015 and the fewest injuries since the organization began tracking the data. Additionally, 69 firefighters died on the job in 2016. That continues an encouraging trend, where fewer than 70 firefighters have died in the line of duty in five of the past six years. If you are a firefighter who has been hurt on the job, do not accept any workers’ compensation settlements without first talking to an attorney.
Few professions are as deadly as the ones embraced by first responders, especially firefighters. These everyday heroes race toward the danger the rest of us run from. They face more occupational hazards than the obvious threats of fire, smoke, and collapsing buildings. For example, NFPA research suggests that nearly 9,300 firefighters were “exposed to infectious diseases, such as hepatitis, meningitis, and HIV in 2016.”
If you have been hurt in the line of duty, get in touch with the workers’ compensation lawyers at Burg Simpson quickly by calling our Wyoming office at 307-527-7891. You can also fill out our Free Case Evaluation form for a no-obligation assessment of your case.
Firefighters are more likely to get hurt at the scene of an emergency than anywhere else, accounting for more than 39 percent of reported incidents. This is actually a nearly 9 percent drop from the year before. Firefighters also risk injury traveling to and returning from an emergency call, during training actions, and while performing a range of other on-duty activities.
The leading types of injuries at the fire ground, based on the NFPA data, include:
- Strains and sprains – 45 percent.
- Wounds, cuts, bleeding, and bruises — 14 percent.
- Burns – 7.5 percent.
- Smoke and/or gas inhalation – 2.6 percent.
Most injuries are caused by overexertion, slips, falls, jumps, and exposure to fire products.
Research also has revealed that because of their greater exposure to diseases and hazardous chemicals, firefighters are at increased risk of serious illnesses, as well. Other studies have shown that firefighters have higher rates of heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and hepatitis than the general population.
If you are a firefighter who has been injured or fallen ill because of exposure to a toxic substance, do not risk your potential workers' compensation settlement. Call our Wyoming office at 307-527-7891 to discuss your case with our compensation attorneys.
Our Lawyers In Cody Wyoming Can Help
At Burg Simpson’s Wyoming office, we have the utmost respect for first responders and the hazardous work they do. If you have been injured in the line of duty, we can help. Wyoming workers’ compensation law is incredibly complex and any mistakes you make trying to settle your own claim can be costly. Fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form today or call our Wyoming office at 307-527-7891 so we can work with you to secure the compensation you deserve.