How safe is your job?
First responders are on the front lines, dealing with traumatic events as they happen. Whether you are a firefighter, a paramedic or other type of first responder, you may encounter situations that are hard to handle and that put you under serious stress and strain.
Were you injured at work? Do you have an open workers' compensation claim? Are you active on social media? If you've answered yes to these questions, keep reading.
The simple answer is no. Even if you chose to work in a dangerous, high-stress job, you still have a right to workers' compensation if you are injured.
An accident can happen at any time when you work with heavy machinery, regardless of how careful you are. It is important to be prepared and know what you will need to do if you get into an accident on the job.
No, you cannot work a second job while collecting workers' compensation benefits. In early September, a woman in Waterbury was arrested for collecting $22,000 in workers' compensation benefits while allegedly working another job.
Many attorneys list on their websites that they handle workers' compensation claims. However, attorneys who are generalists may not have the focused experience necessary to handle every aspect of a claim and anticipate issues that can come up down the road.
In general, if you were injured in an accident at work, your medical costs will be covered by your employer. However, you do need to be evaluated by your employer's designated medical provider.
Working in a high-stress environment - whether as a police officer, a firefighter or in a similar job - can take a toll on your health. It can lead to high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension. Over time, high blood pressure can cause other serious health complications.
Accidents at work happen, and no employee is perfect. You may have forgotten a safety procedure or simply made a mistake.