First Responders Premises Liability Accident Lawyers Pittsburgh, PA
Skilled Lawyers Dedicated to Providing Assistance to Injured First Responders in Allegheny County, PA
First responders encounter dangerous situations for a living—every day, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and EMT workers put themselves in the line of fire in order to protect the public. Despite extensive training, first responders often suffer injuries themselves when fighting to protect and serve their communities. These injuries can be serious, require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation, and will usually render the first responder unable to work and earn a living. Although benefit structures are specifically designed to help these first responders, in many cases, the immediately available compensation may be insufficient to even cover the regular expenses of the injury victim.
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to ensuring our first responders get the compensation that they deserve after sustaining injuries in the line of duty. Our full-service law firm has the resources and experience necessary to handle even the most complex of cases, and we are committed to providing first responders with the highest quality legal assistance possible as they recover. Call our offices today to schedule a free consultation to see how we can help you recover full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Compensation Claims for First Responders Injured in the Line of Duty
First responders who are injured while on the job in Pennsylvania may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, whether under the workers’ compensation laws, the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act, or otherwise. Some of the more common ways in which first responders may be injured include:
- Vehicle accidents. First responders are not required to obey certain traffic laws when responding to an emergency, and may, therefore, be injured in a crash at speeds that are significantly higher than in the ordinary car crash, and injuries can be especially severe for EMTs and paramedics who may be unrestrained while treating a patient in an ambulance.
- Slip and fall accidents. First responders are often required to enter people’s homes or businesses in dark and dangerous conditions and may be more prone to slip and fall accidents when the property owner has not taken reasonable steps to render the property safe.
- Dangerous conditions left by property owners. Property owners have a duty to make their property reasonably safe for those who enter with permission, and first responders have the legal right to enter onto a person’s property with the expectation that the premises will be reasonably safe when they do.
- Lifting heavy objects. First responders may be required to lift a patient or other heavy objects in the course of duty, which can frequently cause injuries, especially over time.
- Assault. When a first responder responds to a violent situation, he or she may be injured by the intoxicated or aggressive person who has caused the situation or simply is caught in the crossfire in a fight.
- Chemical and smoke exposure. Police officers must sometimes enter dangerous areas where drugs are being manufactured, and fire exposure is a regular risk for law enforcement officers and firefighters.
- PTSD. While post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) is actually common among those who have encountered dangerous or traumatic situations, as first responders commonly do, PTSD can actually be one of the more difficult workplace injuries to prove.
Injured Executing Your Duties as a First Responder? Personal Injury Lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. Provide Effective and Smart Legal Counsel
Successfully handling a claim for compensation for injuries suffered by a first responder can require an in-depth understanding of a variety of legal theories. At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our skilled lawyers have a combined 50-plus years’ worth of experience successfully representing injured clients and have the knowledge necessary to handle the claims of injured first responders, whether recovering compensation depends upon:
- Workers’ compensation rules,
- Premises liability law,
- Establishing a defective products or equipment case,
- General negligence theories.
Even if your injury was relatively minor, workers’ compensation benefits may initially be denied for any number of reasons, including:
- Missed deadlines,
- Failure to report the injury as “work-related” when receiving medical treatment,
- Various errors on the workers’ compensation claim forms,
- Failure to adequately describe the conditions necessary to qualify for compensation for PTSD or other psychological injuries.
If you have sustained injuries in the line of duty, our skilled personal injury lawyers can help you obtain full and fair compensation for those injuries.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation With Our Experienced Pittsburgh Area First Responder Personal Injury Lawyers Today
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., we take injuries to the first responders who have dedicated their lives and careers to protecting the public seriously. Call our offices or fill out this online form, to set up a free consultation with our skilled team of personal injury lawyers today. Our office is conveniently located at 3634 California Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
FAQ: Can workers’ compensation benefits interfere with other types of benefits to which I may be entitled as a first responder?
In some cases, yes. This makes it important to consult with an experienced first responder personal injury lawyer before making any benefit claims, as certain workers’ compensation benefits can prevent you from receiving benefits under the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act, or even Social Security benefits.
FAQ: When can a psychological injury, such as PTSD, allow a first responder to recover workers’ compensation benefits?
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act requires that certain criteria be satisfied before a first responder will be entitled to claim workers’ compensation benefits for psychological injuries. In many cases, the advocacy provided by an experienced first responder personal injury lawyer may be necessary to get these types of claims approved. It must be established that the psychological injury was caused by some type of “abnormal working conditions”. What constitutes an abnormal working condition will vary depending upon the type of employment that is involved—meaning that first responders such as firefighters, police officers and EMTs, who are trained to encounter traumatic situations, may often have a harder time establishing that this requirement is satisfied.