To protect your safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we offer telephone and video conferences. Please contact our office today to set up a remote consultation. For more information, read our blog post.

On-the-job injury risks you face as a firefighter

As someone who puts his or her life on the line for others, you probably have firsthand knowledge of just how dangerous your job as a firefighter can be. The nature of your profession exposes you to a particularly high level of on-the-job risk, and the injuries you may suffer as a firefighter can prove devastating, potentially leading to a lifetime of hardship, or even death.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 62,000 firefighters suffered job-related injuries in 2016, with some types of injuries and accidents proving more common than others. In your role as a firefighter, you run the risk of suffering harm such as:

Sprains, strains and related injuries

Firefighters often carry heavy loads. They occasionally carry people or animals during rescue operations. Heavy gear, physical exertion and challenging conditions can make you likely to experience strains, sprains and muscle pains in your line of work. While some of these injuries result directly from firefighting, others develop because of participation in non-emergency activities.

Exposure to hazardous substances

As a firefighter, you also run the risk of developing health issues related to exposure to hazardous chemicals or infectious diseases. In 2016, for example, firefighters reported more than 9,200 cases of exposure to various infectious diseases, including hepatitis and meningitis, among others. Meanwhile, another 36,475 firefighters reported they had suffered exposure to hazardous chemicals and other substances while on the job.

Car crashes

While any job that involves transportation involves a certain degree of risk, the fact that firetrucks often travel at high speeds makes them even more hazardous. More than 15,400 crashes involving firetrucks and related emergency vehicles took place on the nation’s roads in 2016.

As a firefighter, you make your living in an inherently dangerous line of work. In some cases, injuries and ailments you develop on the job can affect you physically, emotionally and financially for the remainder of your life. Getting proper compensation for injuries can be the difference between a full recovery and years of scraping by. Make sure you know your rights after an injury.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Testimonials Client Testimonials

  • I was injured at work directly due to poor management decisions. I worked as a lifeguard and a child that was in the care of the day care facility on the campus ran away. He was in immediate danger. I… Shona M.
  • I have recommended Jonathan Levy and his law firm to my friends and one of them became his client. I am truly grateful for everything Jonathan Levy and his team have done on my behalf. He is truly a wonderful attorney. Faithe C.
  • Much to my surprise not only did they win my lawsuit but I ended up getting 3 times the original amount I was expecting to get! I could not have been more pleased with the staff and the outcome. Allison M.
  • If it wasn’t for your help, I know I wouldn’t have been able to win my case. I know that it was far away for you to come to Miami but your professionalism was outstanding. I will always recommend you. Maria W.
  • You might say you were even just doing your job, however, I think it’s essential that you realize how fortunate I am to have such a trusted esteemed attorney in my corner, blessed really. Anonymous
See All Testimonials
Write To Us

Have Questions? Need Legal Help?

We invite you to call our office at 561-331-5134 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your injury, illness or disability with one of our experienced lawyers. You can also send us an email.

Our team is happy to talk with you about your situation and what we can do to help you get back on track.

Contact Us

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

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.


Privacy Policy

Community Support

Our firm is proud to support organizations in the community. To the right are just a few of the community organizations we support:

  • American Lung Association of Florida – Southeast Area
  • Diabetes Research Institute
  • Hospice of Palm Beach County
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Karma Kastles
Read More

West Palm Beach
1401 Forum Way Sixth Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: 561-331-5134
West Palm Beach Law Office Map

Port St. Lucie
1660 SW St. Lucie West Blvd Suite 300
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Phone: 561-331-5134
Port St. Lucie Law Office Map

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers
  • The Florida Bar | Board Certified
  • Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S.News | 2020