As a first responder, you’re the one who is there at the scene of accidents before anyone else. There is a real risk to you because of that. You may be the one who is helping a person who is aggressive or confused. You might be in the middle of traffic trying to help a victim on a roadway, putting you both at risk of being hit.

As a first responder, you may be entitled to a number of benefits if you are hurt on the job. You may be entitled to a higher amount of wage compensation or monetary award if you’re hurt. You should also have coverage for the medical care you need as well as any losses related to your injury.

It is essential that your pay and benefits are calculated correctly. Your case should also be presented correctly to your employer and the workers’ compensation provider. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation benefits are often denied due to mistakes throughout the filing process. That’s why it’s a good idea to work with someone who knows the process, the forms and the documents you need to have a successful claim.

What should you do if you’re hurt while working as a first responder?

If you are hurt as a first responder, let your team know. Tell your supervisor, and take steps to get medical care right away. Your health and safety matters. It’s very important that you have the right representation and are able to seek the benefits that you may be entitled to. Our website has more on what to do if you’re hurt performing your job duties.