Of all the jobs you could think of, that of a firefighter would probably rank among one of the more dangerous jobs around today. They obviously have to tackle fires from time to time, but they handle all manner of other situations as well. Among them are road traffic accidents, rescues from other precarious situations and also working at heights.
Injuries to firemen have the potential to be very serious. Sadly, here at Accident Advice Helpline we have come across cases in which firemen have lost their lives doing the job that they love. There have been incidents where they have saved others only to lose their own lives, although thankfully such incidents are very rare.
What kinds of injuries might a fireman suffer?
There is the potential for many injuries to occur depending on the situation in which they find themselves. For example, they may receive burns in a fire or suffer a fall that could lead to broken bones. Given the myriad of situations in which they find themselves, it is only to be expected that potential injuries may be present at one time or another.
The main thing to remember is that every conceivable protection should be provided to firemen in the course of their work. Proper regular training is provided to ensure that they are able to deal with all kinds of situations in the right way. In addition, proper equipment should also be available, so that no one is hurt during a training exercise. If injuries occur due to negligence on behalf of someone else, this could give rise to a no win no fee* claim.
Can a fireman’s career suffer because of an injury?
There have been situations in which firemen have had to be medically retired as a consequence of being injured while doing the work they enjoy. Thankfully, very few of them ever go through this experience, but it can potentially occur. The question is whether the incident could reasonably have been prevented if other actions had taken place.
It can be difficult to ascertain whether a firefighter can claim compensation for any injuries they receive on the job. That’s why it makes sense to seek expert advice. Accident Advice Helpline provide this and ensure that those who contact us can get the no-obligation advice they have been seeking. Call 0800 689 0500 today if this includes you and you’ve been injured while working as a firefighter.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Injury at work claim