• Risks of Work Injury to First Responders and Nurses
  • October 11, 2017
  • First responders and nurses are often on the front line when people are injured in traumatic situations and they are often at risk for injury themselves. In many cases, first responders and nurses may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation, as well as other forms of compensation for their injuries.
    What makes someone eligible for Workers’ Compensation?
    To be eligible for Workers’ Compensation, the injury sustained by a first responder – such as a police officer, a firefighter, or a paramedic – must have occurred during the course of their duty. Some of the methods of injury could be caused by, but are not limited to, the following:
    Vehicle accident
    Injury caused by moving a patient
    Attack by suspects or patients
    Smoke inhalation
    Serious burns
    Exposure to hazardous substances
    Any of the above can cause injury, pain, and suffering. Some injuries may require a long recovery, and some injured workers may never fully recover. With Workers’ Compensation, a worker is entitled to medical benefits to treat their injuries, and disability benefits if they miss time from work or suffer a permanent impairment.
    Sometimes, though, Workers’ Compensation is not enough. Sometimes a third party – not the employer, coworker, or injured party – contributed to or caused the injury. In that case, the injured worker may be able to file a third-party liability claim.
    Examples of cases that may lead to a third-party liability claim:
    A nurse is injured by a violent patient after defective restraints failed. The nurse may have a claim against the restraint manufacturer
    An ambulance driver is injured when an unrelated vehicle strikes the emergency vehicle. The ambulance driver may have a claim against the other driver
    There are many other ways a nurse or a first responder could be injured at work that would require a third-party liability claim. A qualified attorney can help the injured party determine who is liable, and can offer guidance through the complicated process of recovering compensation.
    If you were injured on the job, contact an experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross at 267-589-0090. You can also complete our online form for a free consultation. We offer you compassionate guidance and powerful representation to get the financial compensation you deserve. Our offices are centrally located in Philadelphia.