Working in the fire and rescue services can be dangerous. Our firemen are faced with life-threatening situations every day. Some people believe that firemen should not be entitled to claim for compensation when they are injured at work, but if someone else’s negligence was to blame for your injury, you could make a fireman accident claim. For more information on whether you are entitled to claim for compensation and how to go about doing so, contact Accident Advice Helpline. We offer free legal advice to all firefighters and rescue personnel.
Frequent injuries suffered by firefighters
According to the Health and Safety Executive, the 2009/10 reporting period saw 636 injuries to employees in the fire and rescue services. Of these, one was a fatality and a further 96 were major injuries. A staggering 539 injuries caused an absence from work of over three days. The most common causes of injuries were slips, trips and falls and being struck by moving or falling objects.
Workplace injuries for firemen can be caused by many factors, including the following:
- Training exercise injuries – Although firefighters need to partake in dangerous training exercises in order to be ready for real-world situations, these should be carried out safely. If an exercise was not executed properly or lacked proper planning, it can result in firemen being injured.
- Defective equipment – Every firefighter needs personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to be safe when on the job. If this equipment has not been maintained or something is missing, it can lead to serious injury and even death.
- Road traffic accident – Fire service vehicles can also get into traffic accidents, causing injury. If someone else caused the accident, you could make a fireman accident claim.
- Workplace injuries – Just like any other industry, if you have been hurt at work, for instance by tripping over wires, you could be entitled to a compensation claim.
- Exposure to dangerous substances – Often firefighters have to respond to spillages. Chemicals and other dangerous substances can cause long-term damage if exposure occurs.
Making a fireman accident claim
Firefighters risk life and limb on a daily basis. They are not only vulnerable to injury when they are inside a burning building. The additional dangers faced by our firefighters should pave a path for compensation claims for work-related injuries rather than drawing criticism. Firemen are not superhuman or immune to harm and should not be expected to simply shrug it off when an injury occurs.
If you need some advice on making a fireman accident claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 180 4123. We offer our fire and rescue services a no-obligation, cost-free legal helpline that is available 24 hours a day. One of our advisors will be able to discuss your accident and resulting injury with you and tell you whether you have a strong case. They can also walk you through the entire compensation process and answer any questions you may have.
Accident Advice Helpline will select the best lawyer from our nationwide team to take your claim forward on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: January 4, 2014
Author: David Brown