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How to Recover Compensation as a Firefighter Injured in the Line of Duty

We trust our firefighters with our lives, which is why our firm has proudly represented New York’s Bravest” men and women when they need it most for years. If you have been wrongfully injured in a firefighting accident, please read on and reach out to our experienced New York personal injury firm to learn more about how we can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Do injured firefighters qualify for compensation?

Unfortunately, unlike other jobs, if firemen are injured in the line of duty, they are not eligible for financial compensation. However, there is a path forward, especially if you hire an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the claims process. To win compensation, you may either take a common law cause of action or a special statutory cause of action. To further examine these rights, you can take a look at the General Municipal Law § 205a and General Obligations Law §11-106. However, you should note that various factors will decide whether you receive compensation, as well as the dollar amount of financial compensation that you receive.

How do I make a 205-A claim?

If you are looking to make a 205-A claim, you will first have to hire an attorney who can help you identify all statutes that have been violated, clearly describe how you were injured, and collect and present various forms of evidence that proves you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Some of the most valuable types of evidence can include security camera footage of the accident, pictures of the safety hazard that caused the accident, witness statements corroborating your claim, medical documents detailing the extent of your injuries, police reports of the incident, and more.

That being said, if you have been injured in an accident, you will generally only have a certain amount of time to file a lawsuit. In New York State, the statute of limitations is, generally, three years, which means you will, generally, have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against a negligent party. However, the statute of limitations is subject to change depending on your circumstances, which is why it is always best to file sooner, rather than later. Our firm is ready to provide you with the legal assistance you deserve and need.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, call 212-421-0300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to financial compensation, which can help you on your road to recovery.

2020-01-17T13:54:09+00:00 January 17th, 2020|Blog, Firefighter Injuries|Comments Off on How to Recover Compensation as a Firefighter Injured in the Line of Duty