Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A. - Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers

Firefighters face multiple on-the-job injuries

It goes without saying that firefighters face multiple on-the-job hazards that can affect their health. But, firefighters face some health dangers that might not be so obvious.

For the nation’s 327,300 firefighters, running to a burning building brings the danger of injury via intense heat, smoke inhalation, and the threat of building collapse from weakened floors, walls and ceilings. There are also the unseen dangers of airborne chemicals and stress associated with the profession.

Health dangers

The National Fire Protection Association in 2017, there were:

  • Nearly 60,000 injuries
  • More than 7,300 documented exposures to infectious diseases
  • More than 44,500 documented exposures to hazardous conditions
  • More than 15,400 fire department vehicles involved in collisions while going to or returning from incidents, resulting in 4,555 firefighter injuries
  • About 24,495 injuries while fighting fires, 8,380 injuries during training exercises, 12,240 at non-fire incidents and 9,165 while on duty but doing other activities

The injuries received while fighting fires include:

  • Strain or sprain – 48 percent
  • Wound, cut or bruise – 15 percent
  • Smoke or gas inhalation – 7 percent
  • Frostbite or heat exhaustion – 5 percent
  • Other injuries – 25 percent

Other injuries

Firefighters also suffer psychological stress from the job. PTSD, anxiety and depression can result from the constant response to emergencies that include pain and trauma. Long term stress from firefighting may also lead the hypertension disorder.

Additionally, prolonged exposure to carcinogens and other chemicals either at a firehouse or fire scenes are known causes, at least in part, to cardiovascular disease and many forms of cancer. Maryland law has a special presumption specifically geared to protect and provide benefits to public safety employees.

Maryland firefighters have a wide range of worker’s compensation benefits available to them if they are injured on the job, including reimbursement for medical costs, compensation while out of work, vocational rehabilitation, and compensation for permanent injuries.

If you are a firefighter, check with a qualified worker’s compensation lawyer to make sure you get the help you need after an on-the-job injury or occupational disease.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for JUSTICE
  • AABA
  • MARYLAND ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE
  • BAR ASSOCIATION OF BALTIMORE CITY | 1880
  • MSBA | MARYLAND STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
  • MARYLAND CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION
Email Us For A Response

How can we help you?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A. - Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers

Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.

347 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: 443-529-0795
Baltimore Law Office Map

153 W Patrick St
Suite A
Frederick, MD 21701

Phone: 443-529-0795
Frederick Law Office Map

112 W Pennsylvania Ave
Suite 302
Bel Air, MD 21014

Phone: 443-529-0795
Bel Air Law Office Map

7420 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Suite 2
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Phone: 443-529-0795
Glen Burnie Law Office Map

1760 Eastern Blvd
Essex, MD 21221

Phone: 443-529-0795
Essex Law Office Map

1 Olympic Place
Suite 900
Towson, MD 21204

Phone: 443-529-0795
Map & Directions
Towson Office Map