First Responder Rights
The work of a first responder is critical, and first responders save hundreds or thousands of lives every day. A first responder is able to remain calm under intense pressure during a crisis and can coordinate an emergency response.
Unfortunately, this also means that a first responder has a much higher risk of work-related illness and personal injury than the average worker.
Is the risk just part of the job? Or is an employer required to adhere to certain safety standards? If so, what legal options does an employee have if they’re hurt at work? Here’s what you need to know.
Begin the Process of Filing for Workers’ Comp Benefits
People who become ill or were personally injured at work shouldn’t have to pay the cost of their own medical bills and time out of work. Workers’ comp can help, so it’s important that you report the injury, illness, or other medical condition to your employer and file for benefits as soon as you can.
Did Your Employer Neglect Your Safety?
Employers owe a duty of care to their employees and when they fail to meet that duty of care, they may be considered responsible for illness or injury that arises as a result.
If your employer neglected your safety or the safety of others in the workplace, you may be able to hold them accountable in a court of law.
Put Together Your Injury-Related Medical Records from All Providers
Your medical history is a key element in your case. Make sure you have access to multiple copies of your medical records from all physicians who treated you in relation to your injury or illness.
See If You Can Negotiate a Fair Financial Settlement — If Not, Consider Litigation
Ideally; you and the party responsible for your illness or injury will be able to reach an agreement on a fair settlement to compensate you for your medical bills, time out of work, and suffering, however, they may offer an initial settlement that is too low to cover these expenses.
If you are unable to negotiate a settlement, you may need to consider litigation. This is where a judge decides for you if the defendant should be held responsible and if so, what your settlement award amount should be.
Zink & Lenzi Can Help Injured First Responders Get Compensation
First responders who were hurt in the line of duty due to negligent or careless employers deserve justice for the illness or injury they incurred. We can help. Contact Zink & Lenzi Injury Lawyers today by calling 530-895-1234.