In addition to General Municipal Law Section 205-a, firefighters, like civilians, can recover if a party’s negligence caused that firefighter’s injuries. Negligence is often referred to as a lack of ordinary care. It is a failure to use that degree of care that a reasonably prudent person would have used under the same circumstances.
While negligence can exist anywhere, it often manifests itself in situations where a building owner failed to keep the property in a reasonable safe condition and as a result of this neglect, a firefighter is injured.
If you have been injured in the line of duty, call Sullivan Papain for a free evaluation.