First responders, by the nature of their profession, have a higher risk of injury at work. This means that many firefighters and other types of first responders in Maryland need to go through the process of filing for workers' compensation at some point in their lives. If you are a firefighter who is suffering as a result of an injury or because of an occupational illness, it is important that you understand how to take effective action.
In most circumstances, firefighters and other first responders are entitled to higher rates of workers' compensation than other types of workers in Maryland. This does not mean that these injured workers do not occasionally struggle to get the amount of compensation that they deserve.
How can I get the compensation that I deserve in Maryland as an injured firefighter?
One of the most important factors that determines the amount of compensation that you will get is the contents of the injury report. Make sure that the injury report gives a full account of the ways in which you suffered, both physically and emotionally.
In addition, it is vital that you are able to fully highlight the damages. Financial damages from a firefighting injury can be far-reaching. They may, for example, prevent you from being able to earn an income for a significant amount of time. Additionally, you may suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or have other emotional issues as a result of the trauma. This may need to be treated through therapy or counseling sessions.
What can I do if I have an occupational illness?
If you are suffering from a chronic illness or a disease that you believe was caused by your occupation as a firefighter, you also have the right to take action and claim damages. To do this, you should take action as soon as possible after your diagnosis.
It is important that you stand up for your rights and a Maryland firefighter and make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve.