The word “hero” is frequently used as a substitute for “firefighter”. It is largely fitting, given the selfless nature of the work that they do and the bravery that is required to accomplish the necessary tasks of the job. But it can sometimes obscure the fact that firefighters are human, too, and are highly susceptible to suffering serious injury in the line of duty. Despite the best safety equipment and most rigorous training, danger lurks around every corner as unfamiliarity with a particular building combines with the unpredictability of fire to create a grievous hazard.
Iowa’s firefighters are entitled to benefits under workers’ compensation law, even if they are serving in a volunteer capacity. If you have been hurt at work, whether in the firehouse, in the fire truck, or on the scene of a fire, we can help you. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to speak with a skilled and experienced attorney about your case.
Causes of Firefighter Injury
There is no mystery about it, firefighting is a dangerous occupation. That anyone would be willing to serve in that capacity as a volunteer defies logic and speaks to the character of those who do. Firepersons who are paid also commit to an exceptionally noble vocation. Sadly, the dangerous circumstances of live fires threaten their safety and lives on an almost daily basis. Causes of firefighter injury may be:
- Smoke inhalation
- Burns from contact with fire
- Burns from contact with hot objects
- Stair or floor collapse
- Falls from the truck ladder
Your injuries may have required extensive medical treatment and recuperative time, limiting your income-earning ability until you have attained full recovery. To see that your medical bills are paid and that your other financial needs are met, filing a workers’ compensation claim is vital. Contact the workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600 for the dedicated assistance you deserve.