Emergency medical technicians are specially trained to save the lives of other people, but they are just as likely to be injured while on the job as any other employee, and in many instances they face a greater degree of occupational risk. The occupation by its very nature frequently puts EMTs directly in harm’s way.
Driving an ambulance is always a risky undertaking. While traffic laws which require all traffic to yield to emergency vehicles may seem to provide a blanket of safety for the ambulance, it can in fact put it in further jeopardy as the driver uses the road in unusual ways that motorists may not anticipate or avoid successfully.
An injury sustained in the course of an EMT’s duties is considered a workplace accident, and will typically be covered under workers’ compensation. Accidents frequently involve ambulances colliding with other motor vehicles, and can result in injuries such as:
- Head trauma
- Puncture wounds and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage and bleeding
With the aid of a skilled attorney, the process of making a worker’s compensation claim can go smoothly and quickly, ensuring that your life is disrupted as little as possible by your injury.
If you have been injured in the course of your work as an EMT, you may be eligible to claim worker’s comp for your medical expenses and a portion of wages lost. Contact the experienced and knowledgeable Fayetteville workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 910-488-1600 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your legal options.