People often say being a firefighter is not a job, it’s not even necessary a career, it’s a vocation – a calling if you will.
People dedicate their lives to the position they love, and sometimes they unfortunately have to pay a heavy price for doing so.
Whilst being a firefighter inevitably comes with a large degree of risk, it is, for example, more dangerous on the whole than working in a bank, or an office, some of these risks can, and therefore should, be mitigated.
If you have been injured as a result of an accident which you do not think was your fault, and could have been prevented, then you should speak to an experienced solicitor in Scone today to find out if you could make a claim for compensation.
Types of Accidents requiring an experienced solicitor in Scone
A firefighter runs the risk of being exposed to a wide variety of hazards on a daily basis. Some of the hazards they are exposed to are the same as those that other workers can be exposed to, and some of them are more industry specific. Regardless of the type of accident, an injury solicitor in Scone can help you make a claim for financial compensation if you have been injured in an accident which was not your fault.
An injury solicitor in Scone could help you if you have been injured as a result of any of the following scenarios:
- Workplace injuries – as part of your job you may be called into a property that is generally run down. Aside from the actual hazard presented by the fire that you have been called out to resolve, you may be at risk of poorly maintained buildings, inadequate flooring etc. If this is the case and you are injured as a result, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation against the owner of the building who is responsible for ensuring that it is maintained to a high and safe standard.
- Defective equipment – during the course of their role firefighters have to use a wide variety of different machines and equipment. Sometimes this equipment is used directly to put out fires or rescue people from a variety of situations (including the “jaws of life”). Other times it is personal protection equipment, for example helmets, oxygen tanks, ropes etc., that they rely on to keep them safe whilst performing their various duties. If you are injured whilst using such a piece of equipment, then you might be able to make a claim for compensation.
- Road traffic collisions – as with any other vehicle, a fire engine could be involved in a road traffic collision. Even with sirens blaring it is possible that another road user does not see you approaching. If you have been involved in an accident, which was not your fault, then you could make a claim for compensation. You can make a claim whether you were the driver or the passenger.
To find out more about making a claim speak to our injury solicitor in Scone today.
Date Published: 27th December 2013
Author: David Brown