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The Most Common Injuries for Firefighters

| Dec 30, 2020 | Healthcare, Injury Prevention, Workplace Risks

Edited By: Cecily Johnson, Legal Secretary

Starting a career as a firefighter is noble and brave. When there is an emergency the community can count on you. Sometimes, you will be putting your health and safety at risk to offer assistance.  In many places, firefighters are the first on the scene of an emergency, before police officers or first responders. These types of risks mean you could get injured on the job in ways other workers just don’t have to consider.

Common Firefighter Work-Related Injuries/Illnesses:

  • Burns:
  • Crush injuries:
  • Heat exhaustion and overexertion:
  • Illnesses such as asthma, cancer, and heart disease:

On top of that, firefighters may have to deal with the mental and emotional side of the job. Even if your physical injuries heal, you may have to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), flashbacks and other things of this nature. These issues can arise even if you are never physically injured, but doctors are learning more about PTSD all of the time, and it’s clear that it’s a very real disorder that can change your life in many ways.

Have You Suffered From a Work-Related Injury?

If you get injured on the job or suffer any long-term effects from your work as a firefighter, be sure you know what legal options you have. This is a brave and selfless career. You deserve all of the support that you need when anything goes wrong. Rest assured that an experienced legal team can have your back and fight for your rights.

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References:

NFPA United States Firefighter Injury Report 2018. (December 2019). Retrieved on December 10, 2020, from https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Emergency-responders/Old-FFF-and-FF-Injuries/FirefighterInjuries2019.ashx

 

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