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Common Injury Risks for First Responders


If you work as a first responder to emergencies, you are exposed to risks at work that most people don’t have to face. This is one of the many reasons why we consider first responders of all kinds as heroes, because putting one’s self in harm’s way to protect others is a heroic act no matter how great or small.

Unfortunately, however, exposure to these risks can result in work-related injuries. Medical treatment can be expensive, and first responders injured at work can also suffer lost wages, disability, and other damages as a result of an incident.

For these reasons, workers’ comp offers certain unique protections for first responders who are exposed to certain kinds of risks at work. Let’s discuss some of the common risks for three types of first responders.

Law Enforcement Officers

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies are exposed to many harmful and potentially fatal risks at work. When dealing with potential criminals, law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect the public.

Some of the most common risks that confront law enforcement officers include the following:

  • Firearm injuries
  • Injuries from other weapons
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Overexertion
  • Slips and falls
  • Sprains and strains


Firefighters also put their lives on the line by responding to various emergency situations. These can include building fires, wildfires, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster relief.

A firefighter’s many duties present them with common risks such as these:

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)

EMTs and paramedics are professionals trained in rendering critical medical care in emergency situations. EMTs also provide a lifeline for people en route to a hospital for more intensive care.

An EMT’s work can present a variety of risks, including these:

  • Exposure to contagious disease
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Motor vehicle-on-pedestrian accidents
  • Overexertion
  • Slips and falls

Contact Us for Legal Assistance

It’s important to have experienced help with workers’ comp when your profession puts you in the middle of emergency situations. This process can be a lot different for first responders than other types of workers, but our attorneys from Alvandi Law Group, P.C. can help you navigate the workers’ comp process.

For more information or to request a free consultation, contact us today!


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