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Indianapolis Fire Fighter's Legal Rights

As a former member of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, attorney Randall “Randy” Sevenish truly appreciates the service that firefighters and other emergency responders provide to the public.

For many years, public safety attorney Randall “Randy” Sevenish proudly served in the Marion County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy, as a Captain, SWAT Team Founder and Commander, Drill Instructor and Officer Survival Instructor at the police academy – both for the Marion County Sheriff’s Academy and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Plainfield.

In fact, he has and continues to represent not only police but also firefighters and other public safety officials involved in on or off-duty crashes for nearly three decades. Because of Randy’s law enforcement reputation and experience, he brings instant credibility to the public safety community because they know, like and trust him.

As an attorney, he has made it a point to put his legal skills to work for firefighters when they have been injured in either on-duty or off-duty auto accidents in Indianapolis or elsewhere in Indiana. It’s his way of honoring his time as a public servant, which shaped many of his professional and personal values.

If you are a firefighter who has been hurt in a crash, or if you are the family member of a firefighter who was killed in a traffic accident, please contact Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., today for assistance. We can provide a free review of your case and help you to understand both your rights and your options for seeking relief.

Understanding Firefighter Auto Accident Risks

Whether you are a volunteer or full-time firefighter, you know you are entering a dangerous situation whenever you report for duty. One of the greatest risks involves getting into a crash.

These accidents can occur in a wide range of situations, including when you are:

  • Traveling in your personal vehicle to the station in response to an emergency call
  • Going to the scene of a fire or motor vehicle crash
  • Attending to a fire or crash that puts you in close proximity to moving traffic.

Fire trucks feature flashing lights and blaring horns to warn other drivers they are approaching. Those drivers are supposed to yield to emergency vehicles. Unfortunately, due to carelessness, they often do not, and accidents occur.

A unique injury risk exists when drivers fail to obey Indiana’s “Move Over, Slow Down” law. The law requires motorists to move to another lane or lower their speed to at least 10 mph under the posted speed limit when they approach an emergency vehicle such as a fire truck that is pulled over on the side of the road with its lights flashing. Tragically, many firefighters and other emergency responders have been killed or seriously injured by motorists who have failed to obey this law.

Firefighters may also be injured when fire trucks contain defective parts or are not properly repaired by mechanics.

Seeking Compensation for Injured Firefighters

Regardless of whether they were hurt in an accident on the job or while off duty, our goal at the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., is to make sure injured firefighters obtain the compensation they are due.

Randy Sevenish can be counted on to thoroughly investigate the crash and determine who should be held liable for the harm caused, which may include: a negligent driver, the manufacturer of a defectively designed, manufactured or distributed vehicle or vehicle part or a careless mechanic.

Keep in mind: If you were hurt on the job, you may have the right to pursue workers’ compensation. These benefits can play an important role in your life by paying for medical expenses and a percentage of your lost wages.

However, these benefits will not compensate you for your pain and suffering, mental anguish and other losses. This is why it is important to pursue a “third-party liability claim” as well. The verdict or settlement you may recover in a claim would then likely be offset by the amount you received in workers’ compensation.

If you are partially to blame for causing the crash – for instance, you failed to keep your emergency lights on while on the shoulder of the road – you may still recover compensation if you were 50 percent or less at fault. Your settlement or jury award, however, would be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.

Contact an Indiana Firefighter Accident Attorney

Firefighters can count on Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., to protect their rights and diligently pursue just compensation for them if they have been injured in an on-duty or off-duty car accident. We take pride in representing each and every one of our clients with integrity, honor and discipline. To discuss your case, contact us today by phone or through our online form. Our consultations are always free, and we do not charge for our legal services unless you recover compensation.

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