Did you sustain injuries while working as a first responder or as a result of a first responder’s actions? We strongly recommend you do not file a first responder accident claim without an attorney due to a number of factors.
In many states, special laws impact the ability of accident victims to recover compensation. A personal injury attorney understands how to navigate these legal complexities to recover the maximum compensation possible.
Filing a First Responder Accident Claim Without an Attorney
When you are facing thousands of dollars in medical bills or lost time at work, it is understandable to look for areas to save money. However, getting professional legal help should not be one of those areas.
The truth is, you are likely to recover far less compensation if you file your first responder accident claim on your own. An attorney can seek compensation from additional insurance plans, uncover evidence to build a stronger claim, and negotiate more aggressively with the insurance companies.
As a result, you may recover compensation in excess of the additional legal fees you incur.
Understanding the Complexities of First Responder Accident Claims
While we strongly recommend working with an attorney for all types of personal injury claims, first responder accident claims can be particularly complex. For example, there are multiple types of first responder accidents and liable parties.
First responder claims can be some of the most complex types of personal injury claims. Factors such as who was injured, whether they were working at the time of the accident, and whether the injury could have been avoided may impact your claim.
Different Types of First Responder Accident Claims
Each type of first responder accident may fall under different sets of laws, which can vary by state and severity of the injury. Common types of first responder accident include:
- Workers comp claims, for first responders injured on the job
- Volunteer first responder claims, who are injured while volunteering
- Accident victims injured by the negligence of a first responder
- Victims injured in a car crash with an emergency vehicle
- First responders injured due to the negligence of another party
- First responders injured due to a third party while on the scene of an accident
Determining Liability in a First Responder Claim
Liability is a legal term that refers to an obligation that arises in the course of an accident. For example, if you hit another person resulting in a broken nose, you could be liable for their medical costs.
In first responder cases, liability can be particularly complex. For example, in Indiana, volunteers are protected from most cases of Tort Liability. In addition, Good Samaritan laws may protect people who help at the scene of an accident in good faith.
A personal injury lawyer will be aware of how these laws can impact your case and can recommend legal action based on the details specific to your accident.
Damages You May Recover in Your First Responder Accident Claim Case
The damages you are eligible to recover in your first responder accident case may cover a wide range of expenses you have incurred. The final amount you recover will depend on several factors, but your lawyer will likely pursue the following types of damages.
- Medical Bills: Including the cost of surgery, testing, x-rays, MRIs, doctor’s visits, hospitalization, and long-term care.
- Personal Property Damage: Including vehicle repair, medical devices, or electronic equipment, such as a computer or smartphone.
- Pain and Suffering: Such as physical pain, emotional trauma, and inconvenience.
- Lost Wages: Including payment for missing days at work and long-term disability after the accident.
A first responder accident attorney can review the details of your claim and determine what compensation you may be eligible to recover before the statute of limitations under Indiana law passes.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today for Help with Your First Responder Accident Claim
If you sustained injuries while working as a first responder or due to the actions of a first responder, you may be eligible to recover a wide range of damages. A personal injury lawyer is best equipped to determine who may be liable and how much compensation you might recover.
The team at Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. is dedicated to fighting to protect the rights of Indianapolis accidents. Contact our firm today for a free, no-obligation review of your first responder accident case at (317) 636-7777. We strongly encourage you not to file a first responder accident claim without an attorney.