Firefighters are everyday heroes who risk their lives to protect the community. However, the nature of the job exposes firefighters to various risks that can lead to injuries.
When it comes to filing a workers’ compensation claim as a firefighter, you should understand that certain types of injuries tend to be more prevalent.
It is no surprise that firefighters often face the risk of burn injuries. These can result from exposure to intense heat and flames while battling a fire. Chemicals and hazardous materials present in fire situations can contribute to even more severe burns. These injuries may range from first-degree burns to more severe, life-altering burns that require extensive medical treatment.
Firefighters encounter a plethora of toxic substances including smoke, fumes and chemicals. Prolonged exposure can lead to respiratory problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. Inhaling these harmful substances over time can have a detrimental impact on firefighters’ lung health, leading to the need for medical attention and potential workers’ compensation claims.
The physically demanding nature of firefighting tasks puts firefighters at a higher risk of musculoskeletal injuries. Firefighters often lift heavy equipment, carry victims to safety and navigate uneven terrain during emergency responses. These can lead to strains, sprains and other orthopedic injuries. These injuries often require medical intervention and may result in temporary or permanent disability.
Falls and traumatic injuries
Traversing smoke-filled environments and climbing ladders during emergency situations increases the risk of falls for firefighters. These falls can result in traumatic injuries such as fractures, dislocations and head injuries. Due to the severity of these injuries, firefighters may require extended periods of medical treatment and rehabilitation. Such involved treatment makes workers’ compensation a necessary lifeline in such cases.
Statistics show that there were a total of 60,750 firefighter injuries in the line of duty in 2021. It is a profession that is fraught with danger, but that only makes it all the more important for firefighters to know how to secure the compensation they deserve after an injury.