Northern California Work Injury Lawyers
Advocates for Police and Firefighters Hurt on the Job
Law enforcement and emergency response personnel face dangerous working conditions every day. They put themselves in harm's way in order to help those in trouble. When these trusted men and women suffer a serious work injury, the Redwood City law firm of Carcione Cattermole Dolinski is there to provide sound legal advice and experienced representation. If you are a police officer or firefighter who suffered a work injury, contact us today.
Workers' Compensation for Public Safety Personnel
The workers' compensation benefits available to uniformed California Highway Patrol offers and local and county police cover many injuries and illnesses including traumatic injury on the job, repetitive motion injury and occupational illness due to exposure to hazardous substances. Some health conditions — heart disease, cancer, degenerative disc disorder, etc. — may be covered whether or not an identifiable work injury or toxic exposure is involved.
Auto Accident Claims for Police and Firefighters
Police officers and fire department personnel who are injured while responding to a call do not usually have the legal right to sue a civilian for personal injury damages caused by negligence. This is what is sometimes known as the "fireman's rule" and is intended to allow citizens to call for help in an emergency without worry of being sued. The fireman's rule does not necessarily apply in motor vehicle accidents.
Fire trucks and ambulances are frequently involved in car accidents with negligent drivers who ignore sirens or fail to yield right-of-way. If you were hurt in an auto accident while on the job, you may be able to pursue a civil suit against the negligent driver with the help of an experienced attorney at Carcione Cattermole Dolinski.
Unfortunately, the injured police officer or firefighter cannot always assume that a workers' compensation claim will proceed without opposition.
Disability Retirement Benefits for Police and Firefighters
In California, police officers and firefighters are almost always eligible for enhanced disability retirement benefits in the event that a serious work injury — head trauma, paralysis, amputation, nerve damage, severe burn injury, etc. — results in a permanent incapacity for duty.
The nature and extent of these benefits vary greatly from situation to situation and according to the particular system (such as the San Mateo County Employees' Retirement Association or SamCERA) to which you belong. We can provide you with an accurate assessment of the benefits to which you are entitled and can help manage complex claims in order to maximize lifetime value.
Contact Carcione Cattermole Dolinski Today
We work diligently to help police officers, firefighters and other emergency response personnel obtain the full amount of compensation or disability benefits they deserve after a work injury. To discuss your legal needs with an accomplished and respected attorney, please call our offices in Redwood City at 650-241-4294 or toll free at 877-393-1160 today. You may also e-mail us now for a rapid response.
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