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New Jersey EMT Worker Injury Lawyers

EMT and Paramedic Injury Attorneys in Cherry Hill, NJ Advocating for the Rights of Emergency Responders Injured on the Job in Camden County, Burlington County, Cumberland County, and Throughout South Jersey

As they work tirelessly to protect the health of others and get them stabilizing medical assistance when they need it most, emergency medical technicians and paramedics put their safety on the line. After an accident on the job, you need the assistance of seasoned New Jersey EMT worker injury lawyers. DiTomaso Law is here to identify all possible avenues for seeking compensation and ensure you receive the full amount of monetary damages you deserve.

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EMT Work Injuries in New Jersey 

Occupational injuries send dozens of EMTs and paramedics nationwide to the emergency room every single day, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. In the many and varied environments that make up New Jersey, from bustling cities to sprawling farms, our EMTs face all manner of risks. 

With our decades of experience serving injured clients all over NJ, we understand the different on-the-job risks and legal nuances that apply to each individual city and county. 

Areas Our New Jersey EMT Worker Injury Lawyers Serve

From our office location on Route 38 in Cherry Hill, NJ, we serve the surrounding region and beyond, including: 

With experience serving all 21 counties, our New Jersey EMT worker injury lawyers are prepared to assist you anywhere in NJ. 

Work-Related Accidents for EMTs 

Paramedic and EMT worker injuries can encompass any type of injury or illness sustained in the course of one’s work duties in these roles. For EMTs, injuries can range from sudden accidents that cause urgent injuries to repetitive motions that strain the body over time and even exposure-related illnesses. 

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Causes of EMT Worker Injuries 

The injuries that EMT workers sustain while on the job can arise from numerous causes. Among the most common causes of injuries to emergency responders are the following. 

Transportation Accidents 

As they rush patients in need to hospital emergency rooms and trauma centers, EMTs and paramedics could themselves become victims of serious crashes. Depending on where they work, EMTs could encounter careless drivers on congested city streets, open county roads, high-speed highways, and more. They could also be struck by other vehicles while on foot, assisting victims of car accidents. 

EMTs can fall victim to all kinds of transportation accidents, including accidents involving passenger cars, large trucks, buses, motorcycles, and trains. 

Slips, Trips, and Falls 

EMTs are constantly covering unfamiliar, often less than ideally maintained ground. They spend their days going in and out of patients’ homes and workplaces, lugging medical equipment and carrying patients out on gurneys. 

In extreme emergencies, EMTs are forced to rush to get patients the help they need before it’s too late, giving the workers no time to focus on the ground beneath them. 

Accident scenes and patients’ homes may pose hazards both related to and separate from the incident for which emergency medical services were needed. Falls in these environments can lead to severe injuries. 

Harmful Exposures

Harmful exposures can occur when merely being in the presence of the accident or injury scene is sufficient to put EMTs’ safety at risk. 

Think of the environments to which emergency medical personnel are often summoned: the scenes of fires, electrical accidents, toxic chemical spills, and outdoors in the excessive heat that leads to heatstroke or the bitter cold that may cause hypothermia. It’s impossible for these responders to assist those injured in these environments without being exposed to at least some of these risks themselves. The consequences of these dangers can be short-term and acute or long-term and chronic, and some lead to deaths in the line of duty. 

Violence

As an EMT, your role is to intervene and help those in need of medical assistance. Unfortunately, doing so can put you at risk of harm due to intentional violence as well as accidents and dangerous exposures. In fact, researchers have reported a relative risk of violence-related injuries among emergency medical services personnel across the United States as 22 times higher than the national average, according to an article published in the American Journal of Public Health. Female EMTs, in particular, had a disproportionately high risk of being injured due to violence. 

Overexertion and Repetitive Motion Injuries

Working as an EMT or a paramedic can be physically demanding. Overexerting any part of your body, either in one incident or gradually due to the stress of repeated motions over time, can cause serious problems. Examples of overexertion and repetitive motion injuries include heavy lifting injuries, injuries due to working in awkward postures, repetitive strains leading to trigger finger, biceps tendinitis, shoulder strains or impingement, and carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Injuries that EMTs sustain in the course of their work may be minor, requiring only initial medical intervention and resulting in little or no missed time at work, or they may be severe and potentially life-altering. 

Fully understanding your legal rights and the options available to you to seek compensation for your injuries is essential for reducing the impact a work injury can have on your life. Our New Jersey EMT worker injury lawyers can inform you of your rights and evaluate potential avenues of legal recourse for you during a free consultation. 

Legal Rights and Compensation for EMTs and Paramedics Injured at Work

Regardless of the cause and type of your work injury, you’re entitled to compensation in the form of workers’ comp benefits. If the negligence of a third party contributed to your injury, you may also have grounds to sue for compensation through a separate injury claim. 

Workers’ Comp Benefits for Injured EMTs

In New Jersey, the workers’ compensation insurance system provides financial protection for employees injured on the job. Generally, workers’ compensation benefits cover the cost of your medical care and rehabilitation therapy, as well as partial lost wages. Any injured employee is typically eligible for workers’ compensation coverage, regardless of how long they have worked for their employer or the cause of the accident. 

Third-Party Injury Claims for EMT Work Injuries 

State law generally doesn’t allow employees to sue their own employers for injuries, even if the employer was negligent, because the workers’ comp system provides coverage on a no-fault basis. However, you may be able to sue someone else for a work injury. Third-party claims that EMTs hurt while working might pursue included cases against the following: 

  • Negligent property owners whose poorly maintained premises caused the EMT’s injuries
  • Drivers whose violation of traffic safety laws caused the crash that injured the EMT
  • Manufacturers of defective equipment that causes injuries

Third-party claims against defendants like these allow you to seek compensation for additional damages that workers’ comp benefits don’t cover, but they also require you to prove that the other party’s negligence was the cause of your injuries. 

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The Claims Process for Injured EMT Workers

To recover any kind of compensation for your injuries, you will need to go through a formal claims process. 

The workers’ compensation claims process may be more straightforward than the third-party claims process, but a successful claim still isn’t simple. Getting the full amount of workers’ comp benefits you’re entitled to requires prompt action, accurate paperwork completion and filing, and thorough documentation of your injuries and medical care. There may be formal hearings, and if your employer’s insurance company denies the claim or disputes its value for any reason, you’re going to need the assistance of knowledgeable New Jersey EMT worker injury lawyers. 

The third-party claims process requires more extensive investigation and evidence gathering and a compelling, evidence-backed argument that proves the negligence of the defendant and their fault for your injuries. You may need to file a lawsuit, engage in intense settlement negotiations, and even take your case to court. Having experienced EMT and paramedic injury attorneys in Cherry Hill, NJ, on your side is a major advantage in these complicated claims. 

How DiTomaso Law Can Help You 

Although a claim offers hope to get the compensation you need to get better, the legal process can be a distraction from your physical recovery. When you put your claim in our experienced hands, we handle every aspect of the work injury legal matter for you. You can turn to us for: 

  • In-depth case evaluation 
  • Investigation and gathering of evidence
  • Documentation of your damages 
  • Claim filing 
  • Settlement negotiations 
  • Legal representation in hearings, appeals, and trials

The legal procedures you encounter and questions that arise throughout your claim will make you glad to have the guidance of our EMT and paramedic injury attorneys in Cherry Hill, NJ, on your side. 

Why Choose DiTomaso Law

DiTomaso Law is the firm to turn to for EMT worker injury claims. Our name has been known throughout the Delaware Valley for assisting the injured for more than 25 years, and our team of trial attorneys has more than 80 years of combined legal experience. Let us draw on our comprehensive experience handling personal injury law to go after the full amount of compensation you’re entitled to for a work injury. 

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A free, no-obligation consultation allows you to learn more about your legal rights and options without any risk. Contact us today to schedule your no-cost case evaluation. 

Frequently Asked Questions About EMT Worker Injuries in New Jersey 

What are the biggest hazards for EMT workers? 

Motor vehicle accidents, dangerous premises, exposures to hazardous environments, violent assaults, and overexertion cause the majority of injuries to emergency medical personnel. Negligence of at least one party often plays a role in accidents involving EMT workers. When this negligence is on the part of someone other than your employer, our EMT and paramedic injury attorneys in Cherry Hill, NJ, may be able to help you secure compensation through a third-party claim. 

What kind of injuries do EMT workers suffer on the job? 

The most common types of injuries EMTs sustain while working include sprains and strains, followed by contusions and abrasions. These injuries may be serious enough to keep you out of work for a while and require medical intervention. However, it’s not unusual for EMTs to sustain even more serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and other kinds of head injuries, broken bones, and spinal cord injuries. 
Leg injuries are particularly common among EMT workers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, followed by injuries to the neck and shoulder. Arm injuries, lower trunk injuries, and damage to hands and fingers are also fairly common in this line of work.

What kinds of compensation can an injured EMT worker seek?

Through a workers’ compensation claim, the benefits you could receive include coverage of your medical and rehabilitation expenses and compensation for a portion of your lost wages. 
If your situation allows for a third-party claim, you might be able to recover compensation for your full lost wages, as well as pain and suffering and potentially other losses. 
One benefit of hiring knowledgeable New Jersey EMT worker injury lawyers to assist you with a work injury claim is having assistance calculating and documenting the full extent of your damages and fighting for a payout that covers all of the losses for which you’re entitled to compensation. 

How long do I have to file a claim for a work injury in New Jersey? 

You need to act fast to get the full amount of money you deserve for a work injury claim. You should notify your employer promptly of the injury, ideally within 30 days, and you must file your claim within two years. 
For a third-party claim, you generally have two years to file a lawsuit. However, certain circumstances, like cases involving government defendants, could reduce the time you have to provide formal notice of your intention to file a claim. These complicated but important details are another reason you should consult seasoned EMT and paramedic injury attorneys in Cherry Hill, NJ, about your claim from the beginning. DiTomaso Law can make sure you don’t miss any legal deadlines that could hinder your ability to recover full compensation for your work injuries.

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