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Firefighters have one of the world’s most dangerous jobs, placing their lives in danger on a daily basis to serve our community. If you’re a firefighter and are faced with a workplace injury, seek the assistance of the compassionate attorneys at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson. We have a deep passion for helping brave firefighters in New York City and beyond, giving you the spirited representation you need to pursue workers’ compensation benefits or file a personal injury claim. Turn to us for the high caliber of legal representation you need when dealing with an injury.

Common injuries suffered by firefighters

Most of us mistakenly assume that the most common firefighter injuries result from dangerous fire conditions. Surprisingly, this is not the case — burns at the scene of a fire are a rarity; the majority of firefighter injuries are a direct result of being overworked.

Firefighters’ protective gear effectively prevents them from being burned. The most common firefighting injuries occur in situations requiring heavy lifting or during exercise that is too intense, repetitive, or performed without proper technique. In addition, because firefighters must be able to respond to a call at a moment’s notice, they often undergo intense physical activity without adequately warming up or cooling down. This makes them more prone to pulled muscles. In some cases, anatomical factors, such as an imbalance in muscle strength or obesity, can contribute to injuries.

Physical fitness injuries often include bone bruises, knee or foot problems, ankle sprains, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and shin splints. More serious firefighter injuries and conditions can lead to life-threatening medical concerns, such as the following:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired vision
  • Allergic reactions
  • Disorientation
  • Concussion
  • Hearing loss

Filing a claim for hearing loss

A much less obvious — but increasingly insidious — firefighting hazard can be hearing loss. Fire trucks are equipped with loud sirens, and the firefighters inside are continually exposed to that noise when riding in the trucks. Repeated exposure to these sirens and other occupational hazards can eventually lead to long-term or permanent hearing loss. Although the National Fire Protection Association has issued regulations requiring employers to provide hearing protection for firefighters, many firetruck sirens still operate at levels that are much higher than the 90-decibel threshold.

Hearing loss for firefighters has become a workers’ compensation issue. Although New York City workers’ compensation laws do not cover firefighters, many states do. If a firefighter is able to file a workers’ compensation claim for hearing loss, it is most often assumed that the hearing loss arose from his or her job activities. The burden is then on the employer to rebut this presumption, which is usually difficult to do. A reputable personal injury law firm can help with this situation.

Work with a respected workplace injury legal team

To speak with an attorney with years of experience assisting firefighters in New York City, call on Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson today. For a free initial consultation, call 888.746.8212 or contact us online.

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