Firefighters who are injured in the line of duty can recover compensation for their injuries under a statute that is unique to firefighters- General Municipal Law Section 205-a.
Under General Municipal Law Section 205-a, a firefighter has a right of recovery if the accident that caused his/her injury, “occurs directly or indirectly as a result of any neglect, omission, willful or culpable negligence of any person or persons in failing to comply with the requirements of any of the statutes, ordinances, rules, orders and requirements of the federal, state, county, village, town or city governments…”
For a firefighter to receive the protection of this provision, it is of the utmost importance to identify which codes and statutes were violated at a given incident. Often, this process involves both a thorough investigation and lawyers with the experience handling cases of this nature. At Sullivan Papain, we pride ourselves on having the knowledge and track record to ensure each firefighter’s case is handled effectively and correctly.
If you have been injured in the line of duty, call Sullivan Papain for a free evaluation.