Common First Responder Injuries

Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 28-Aug-2019

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs), police officers, and firefighters all face serious injury risks each time they put on their uniforms and go to work serving our communities. Unfortunately, work-related injuries can be expensive to treat, and some are so severe that the first responder cannot return to their normal work duties. Due to the dangerous nature being a first responder, there are laws that entitle injured workers to recover compensation to cover their medical expenses and lost wages. The following are common injuries among first responders.

Police Officer Injuries

Police officers work in one of the most dangerous occupations because they frequently come in contact with criminals and must manage emergency situations. The following are common police officer injuries:

  • Motor vehicle accident injuries
  • Shooting injuries
  • Slip, trip, and fall injuries
  • Overexertion injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Muscle sprains and strains

Firefighter Injuries

Firefighters face similar risks as police officers, but because their job often requires them to perform search and rescues in hazardous conditions, their injuries tend to be caused by:

  • Smoke inhalation
  • Exposure to dangerous chemicals
  • Violent attacks from people or animals
  • Falls from heights
  • Fires and explosions
  • Extreme weather
  • Thermal stress

EMT Injuries

When paramedics respond to a call to assist the sick or injured, they can face the following injury risks:

  • Violent attacks
  • Exposure to contagious diseases and viruses
  • Impact with objects or equipment
  • Slips, trips, and falls due to debris

Talk to an Experienced Lawyer Today

If you are a first responder who has been injured on the job, you should get in touch with our law office to get started on your workers’ compensation case. We can explain all of your options under the law and use our extensive resources to represent your best interests.

Call (818) 946-0608 to request a free consultation with our lawyers at the Law Offices of Wax & Wax.

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