Chicago Firefighter Disability Attorneys
Firefighter Disability Claims in Illinois
The day-to-day work of a firefighter is as exhausting as it is dangerous. Insurance companies that make it difficult for injured firefighters to get disability benefits seem to forget that. Are you in the middle of a frustrating battle with an insurance provider after suffering an injury or illness that prevents you from returning to work? If you live in the greater Chicagoland area, then you can rely on Anesi Ozmon for counsel and representation.
Our Chicago firefighter disability lawyers are proud to give our legal support to the brave men and women who are so instrumental in keeping our communities safe. Please let us know how we can help you if you require disability benefits but are having any trouble or worries about getting them.
Injuries & Illnesses Suffered by Firefighters
The work of a firefighter is demanding. On an average day, they might have to worry about fire, chemicals, fallen debris, motor vehicle accidents, and much more. Although firefighters can take steps to protect themselves from serious injuries while working, in some situations, the risk of injury can be so great that it seems almost inevitable. At that point, the injured firefighter should be able to seek disability benefits without worry.
Common injuries suffered by firefighters while working include:
- Burn injuries from open flames
- Smoke inhalation injuries
- Back injuries from lifting people and objects
- Head injuries caused by falling debris
- Orthopedic Injuries from pulling objects
Firefighters are also frequently exposed to unsafe substances and chemicals that can cause serious illnesses and diseases like certain types of cancer. For example, some fire-retardant foams used to extinguish unique types of fires have been linked to severe health consequences, but firefighters must use them because no other method of extinguishing the fire is readily available.
PTSD-Related Disability Claims
Many firefighters begin to suffer from mental health issues caused directly by their work. Working in such stressful situations and seeing people who have suffered severe or fatal injuries is understandably distressing. What many firefighters do not realize is that they can pursue disability benefits in many cases if they are suffering from a mental health condition, not just from physical injuries.
The stress and dangers of firefighting can cause:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- And other issues
Difference Between Workers’ Comp & Disability
Do you need to file for disability benefits or workers’ compensation benefits? In either situation, our law firm can assist you from start to finish.
Workers’ compensation is made available to workers who are hurt on the job or while completing a work-related task. On the other hand, disability benefits can be granted if a firefighter is unable to work due to a disabling injury or illness, regardless of what was the cause of this disability. What is important is that your injury or illness prevents you from working in a regular or safe capacity. For example, if you hurt your back while working around your home and became bedridden for months, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits.
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Learning about your legal options after suffering a disabling injury does not need to be complicated or expensive. Come to our firm and let our Chicago firefighter disability attorneys discuss your case during a no-cost initial consultation. We would be happy to help our protectors in their time of need!