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The risks of working as a firefighter
Starting a career as a firefighter is noble and brave. You get to help people who need it most. When there is an emergency, they can count on you. Undoubtedly, you will be putting your life on the line to offer assistance.
Of course, it’s also a risky career. You’re going to respond to car accidents, truck accidents, house fires, business fires and many other catastrophes. 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. Some of the risks include:
- Crush injuries
- Smoke inhalation
- Heat exhaustion
- Lung damage
- Heart disease
- Illnesses like asthma
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.
What are your options?
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, and 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.