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What rights do firefighters have when they get injured?

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What rights do firefighters have when they get injured?

Firefighters are brave men and women who work selflessly every day. They put their lives on the line when others are in danger. These men and women have one of the most dangerous jobs in the working world. The nature of their job requires dedication since they are faced with life-threatening situations on a daily basis. Their job also requires physical and emotional strength due to the demanding atmosphere of it. Since they fight fires, it’s easy to guess that firefighters can get injured quite often. If you or a loved one were involved in a firefighter accident in New York, it would be best to call an attorney to find out more about what options you have.

Can I receive workers’ compensation?

New York City firefighters are not eligible for workers’ compensation. They cannot collect this form of monetary compensation. However, there is a way for you to get the justice you deserve and the compensation you need for your accident at work. Instead of collecting workers’ compensation, firefighters have two other options. You can take two actions. One is a common law cause of action. The other is a special statutory cause of action.

The rights of a firefighter are outlined by the General Municipal Law 205-A and the General Obligations Law 11-106. In order to best comprehend these laws, it would be advisable to reach out to an experienced attorney. Our attorneys are knowledgeable when it comes to laws regarding personal injuries, specifically for firefighters as well. We can help you decide which course of action is best suited for your case.

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How do I make a claim?

In order to make a claim, you should first speak to an attorney. Then you can decide your next step. When making a 205-A claim involving a firefighter injury, you will have to identify any statutes that were violated. For the next step, you will have to describe the manner in which you were injured on the job. Make sure to include all information regarding the incident. When more details are included in your claim, it makes a better case. For the third step, you will have to provide facts that prove the injury was due to negligence.

If you are involved in an accident as a firefighter, make sure you receive the proper medical treatment. Seek out a professional immediately in order to ensure your safety. When you go to a professional, your injuries are documented which can be used in building a case for you. As you continue with your case and make a claim, consult a professional attorney to ensure you are being compensated to your satisfaction.

The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny is an experienced personal injury law firm. Contact the Law Office of Richard M. Kenny today to figure out your next steps and speak with an attorney who cares.


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