Frequently Asked Questions for NYC Firefighters
Firefighters who retire disabled may be entitled to compensation from the New York Police and Firefighters Retirement System, state workers compensation, and Social Security funds. Consult with a New York City firefighter disability lawyer to learn more about your specific eligibility.
Compensation is available to those firefighters and first responders injured during the rescue and clean up process after the WTC attacks on September 11, 2001. Rescue personnel may suffer from respiratory illness, lung disease, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, asbestosis, and other serious health conditions. The Zadroga Act, passed December 22, 2010, provides compensation to rescue workers who sustained injuries during the search and rescue operation.
Firefighters seriously injured in the line of duty may be entitled to a full, tax-free disability pension. Due to the highly dangerous nature of this line of work, a large portion of retired firefighters collect disability pensions. A wide range of injuries and illnesses, from asthma to herniated discs, qualify a firefighter for a pension. To ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, consult with a New York firefighter disability pension attorney.
Under New York State law, injured firefighters have rights. Firefighters in New York have far-reaching rights to ensure they are protected in case of injury in the line of duty. For example, a defendant may not argue that a firefighter was negligent or assumed the risk just by choosing firefighting as a career. An injured firefighter may bring a lawsuit if a violation of a statute, rule or city ordinance occurred, or if someone’s negligence caused the injuries.
If you are a firefighter and were injured or developed symptoms after exposure to the dust and toxins after the 9/11 attacks, you may be eligible to file a claim under the WTC Health Program. Created as part of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, the WTC Health Program provides health tests and medical care for people who worked in response and recovery operations at the World Trade Center. You can learn how to apply by visiting the WTC Health Program website. You can also read more on filing a claim here.
If you are a firefighter who is now fighting for your life, call the New York law firm of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, PC at 212.385.8000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We handle a variety of firefighter law cases as well as other personal injury law cases.