Helping the Injured, It's All We Do
Work Injury Claims for Orange County Firefighters
Committed Workers' Compensation Lawyers in Southern California
Firefighters often place themselves in dangerous situations that can result in both minor and major injuries. This is the nature of their job, and they make tremendous sacrifices to protect our community. When injuries occur while at work, these public servants both deserve and are legally entitled to collect worker's compensation as they recover. In the State of California, all firefighters are eligible for worker's compensation benefits, including apprentices, volunteers, and part-time employees.
Firefighters qualify for all types of worker's comp benefits, such as:
- Temporary and permanent disability
- Partial lost wages
- Medical bills
- Death benefits
What Types of Injuries & Illnesses Are Covered for Firefighters?
Due to the high-risk nature of the job, California law has been tailored to cover a wide range of injuries and illnesses for firefighters through worker's compensation.
This not only includes injuries sustained while fighting a fire, but through other daily activities at work as well, including training exercises, equipment maintenance, office work, and more. In addition to injuries that occur immediately while working, it also covers illnesses that occur due to working over a period of time, such as cancer, lung problems, heart conditions, tuberculosis, and pneumonia.
$4,400,000 Construction Site Accident
$1,500,000 Construction Site Accident
$850,000 Roofing Injury
$700,000 Chemical Exposure
$700,000 Office Work Injury
- Construction Site Accident $4,400,000
- Construction Site Accident $1,500,000
- Roofing Injury $850,000
- Chemical Exposure $700,000
- Office Work Injury $700,000
Representing Injured Firefighters & Their Families in Orange County
At Alvandi Law Group, we realize the significant risks that firefighters knowingly accept every day with bravery. As public servants dedicated to protecting those that they have never even met, they most certainly deserve to be properly taken care of in the event of an accident. Our team of Southern California workers' compensation lawyers is committed to assisting both these employees and their families in obtaining the benefits that they need to help them get through a difficult time.
I been referred to this office by my brother and introduced to Michelle Espino. I had an injury that occurred 4 years ago and many said it would be impossible to reopen it since the statute of limitations would not allow it. They got my case open and got me the treatment I need thus far. Highly recommend them from my perspective.- Steven
I recommend Alvandi Law Group. They have good attorneys and great customer service. I remember when I first called for a consult and spoke to Kayla, I truly was not ready to sign. I just had questions and was scared to get fired., but she explained the process to me and was always there to answer my questions. I've met Gil, as well, and he is a kind man. Stay kind and humble.- Andrew
Alvandi Law Group took my workers' comp case when others did not want to give me the time of day, My work was giving me the runaround and did not want to send me to a doctor. The attorneys' office quickly sent me out to a doctor. I had many many questions and Sheila and Veronica have been very patient with me in answering them. They have helped me get benefits while I am out of work.- Junior
This firm has inspired me in so many ways. They have helped many friends and family members of mine. Starting with the consultants to just all around the office. They really know what their doing and are great. I can see now that they have experience superior to others. People have left their other attorneys to come to this office. Including some close family of mine. I appreciate them. Thank you Alvandi Law Group!- Anonymous
Is PTSD covered?
California workers’ compensation law actually allows for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to be covered in some situations. The key is that it must be shown through a medical diagnosis from a mental health professional that the PTSD experienced by the claimant is directly caused by or related to their work. As a firefighter who must endure a stressful work environment with severe dangers practically every day, it is not a stretch to imagine that the job can cause PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties.
Is skin cancer covered?
Recent legislative battles in California have improved workers’ compensation for various professionals who mostly work outdoors, including firefighters. Thanks to these updates, firefighters can be eligible for workers’ comp benefits if they are diagnosed with skin cancer. As with PTSD-related workers’ comp claims, the claimant must receive a medical diagnosis that concludes the skin cancer was caused by their work, not due to spending time outdoors in other capacities.
Do you get workers’ comp if you know the work is dangerous?
Yes, workers’ compensation benefits are not canceled just because you accept a job that is inherently dangerous, like firefighting. Indeed, when someone works in a dangerous profession, the argument can be made that they are especially deserving of workers’ comp if something goes wrong.
Can you get workers’ comp after a crash in the fire engine?
Workers’ compensation covers you as a firefighter whenever you are performing any work-related duty. It does not only apply when you are literally fighting a fire. In many situations, driving to the fire can be more dangerous because of unpredictable traffic conditions. If you were riding in your station’s fire engine when it got into a crash, then you can still file for workers’ compensation to take care of you while you recover from your injuries.
Does workers’ comp apply when you’re injured while working during an emergency shift?
As you know, firefighters are sometimes called in an emergency to help with a particularly dangerous blaze or situation. You can be resting at home on a planned vacation when duty calls you to come help save lives. If you get hurt while you are working an unscheduled emergency shift, you are still eligible for workers’ compensation coverage. Your benefits are based on your work, not on your schedule.