EMT / Paramedic
Emergency medical services (EMS) workers face an overwhelming number of everyday physical demands and exposure to other risks in the course of their jobs. Many dangers that public safety employees can lead to devastating injuries or illnesses that cause workers to be out of work for substantial periods of time, and some may even be life-threatening.
Florida Statute § 440.091(3) establishes that properly certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics appointed or employed full time by a municipality, the state, or any political subdivision who were providing basic life support or advanced life support services in an emergency situation are considered to have been acting within the course of employment even when the locations of emergencies were outside of the employer’s jurisdiction or area of responsibility. EMTs and paramedics can be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits even when they are injured while driving to and from work or when they have been summoned suddenly on days off without first reporting to work.
Lawyer for EMT / Paramedic Injuries in Miami, FL
Did you sustain a serious injury or illness or was your loved one killed while working as an EMT or paramedic in South Florida? You will want to contact The Hoffman Firm as soon as possible for help obtaining all of the compensation you need and deserve.
Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Miami who represents clients working in all types of industries in Homestead, Aventura, Hallandale Beach, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami Beach, and several other communities in South Florida. You can have our lawyer review your case and answer all of your legal questions as soon as you call (305) 940-2307 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Florida EMT / Paramedic Workers’ Compensation Information Center
- What are some of the most common ways that EMS workers are hurt on the job?
- Can additional parties be liable for a paramedic or EMT’s injuries?
- Where can I learn more about EMT and paramedic injuries?
EMTs and paramedics are aware of the dangers they face on the job, but many injuries and illnesses cannot be prevented despite every best effort by the employees involved. EMS workers are more likely than people employed in other industries to miss work because of illnesses or injuries they suffered while on the job.
The greater Miami area is well-populated part of Florida that sees higher volume of emergency response situations than other parts of the Sunshine State. This frequently results in EMTs and paramedics sustaining injuries as the results of such situations that include, but are not limited to:
- Ambulance accidents;
- Assaults by violent patients;
- Building collapses;
- Exposure to bloodborne pathogens or other hazardous materials;
- Falling objects;
- Injuries from lifting and moving patients; and
- Slips and fall accidents.
Workers’ compensation is one form of financial relief for injured paramedics and EMTs, but these employees can be entitled to additional compensation when an injury was the result of a third party’s negligence. In such situations, victims can be entitled to damages from the negligent party.
A few of the common types of situations in which an injured EMT or paramedic may be able to file a lawsuit to collect additional damages include, but are not limited to:
- Negligent Drivers — Paramedics or EMTs who are injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by other drivers may have legal claims against the negligent motorists.
- Defective Equipment — Parties that manufactured or sold defective equipment that caused an EMT or paramedic to be injured may face product liability claims.
- Dangerous Buildings — Property owners who do not warn EMS workers about dangerous conditions that lead to paramedics or EMTs suffering catastrophic injuries can face premises liability claims.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) | Emergency Medical Services Workers —
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. NIOSH is part of the CDC and it works closely with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the U.S. Department of Labor to protect American workers. Learn more about the dangers that EMS workers face on this website as well as data about injuries and illnesses among EMS workers.
EMTs and Paramedics : Occupational Outlook Handbook | U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) — The BLS is the principal fact-finding agency for the federal government in the field of labor economics and statistics On this section of the BLS website, you can find an overview of what EMTs and paramedics do, including descriptions of their work environments that include injuries and illnesses. You can also find links to other organizations for EMTs and medical professionals.
The Hoffman Firm | Miami EMT / Paramedic Injury Lawyer
If you suffered a catastrophic injury or illness or your loved one was killed while working as a paramedic or EMT in South Florida, it is in your best interest to immediately seek legal representation for help making sure that you obtain all of the compensation that you are entitled to. The Hoffman Firm represents clients in numerous communities throughout Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, and Broward County.
Miami workers’ compensation attorney Evan A. Hoffman helps EMTs, paramedics, and all kinds of EMS workers get the benefits they need. Call (305) 940-2307 or complete an online contact form right now to take advantage of a free consultation that will let our lawyer provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case.
Evan A. Hoffman
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