Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading firms of personal injury and Legal Aid solicitors – and can advise on how to make a no win no fee compensation claim for firefighters’ injuries at work.
Firefighters and Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members can make personal injury claims for accidents and injuries sustained if another party was liable.
The risks associated with the duties of firefighters have to be assessed and managed so that firefighters do not sustain injury unnecessarily.
Injuries to firefighters can occur as a result of inadequate training or drill accidents, failures in personal protective equipment (PPE) – or incidents like road traffic accidents (RTAs). Falls from height are another common cause of serious injury among firefighters.
Work injuries firefighters can claim for include:
In the case of fatal injuries sustained by firefighters, the dependants of an employee fatally injured in a work accident can make a claim for compensation if the employer or another party is liable.
Dependants of workers who have died from work-related disease such as asbestosis or mesothelioma can also claim compensation, even if industrial disease is diagnosed post-mortem.
Claims for firefighters injured at work fall under the area of law known as personal injury.
Personal injury claimants usually have three years from the date of the injury to make a claim for accident and injury at work compensation.
Claims can sometimes be made outside the three-year limitation period, however.
Because of the limitation period for personal injury claims, it is important to seek legal advice from Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible if you are a firefighter injured in a work accident.
Family members can call Duncan Lewis for advice on making a claim if a loved one who is a firefighter has been injured at work and is still recovering in hospital, or has been fatally injured, or diagnosed with an industrial disease.
Compensation for Firefighters injured at Work includes:
Employers have a legal duty to ensure safe working practices – and should carry out regular health and safety checks to make sure work premises or sites are properly managed and maintained, equipment is fit for purpose – and staff are properly trained and supervised.
Employees must also follow good working practices and report any lapses in health and safety to employers or line managers.
However, it is an employer’s insurer who will settle any claim for accident at work or work injury compensation.
Claims for assault on firefighters are settled by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme – and low-value road traffic accident claims between £1,000 and £10,000 are fast-tracked via the RTA Claims Portal.
No win no fee claims can also be made for compensation for injuries sustained in RTAs and assaults.
Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case.
Many claims involving compensation for firefighters injured at work are settled out-of-court – Duncan Lewis personal injury lawyers negotiate hard to get the best settlement for you.
But if a court hearing is necessary, Duncan Lewis instructs leading barristers who specialise in personal injury claims – including accident and injury at work claims – to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.
Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors have a successful track record in accident and injury at work claims, including claims for firefighters’ work injuries.
Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on making compensation claims for firefighters injured a work by calling 020 7923 4020.