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DuPage County Workers' Compensation Attorneys for Emergency Medical Technicians

Cook County EMT Workers Compensation Lawyer

EMT Workers' Comp Lawyers Serving DuPage and Cook Counties

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) provide emergency medical services to those involved in accidents or to those who are having medical emergencies such as severe allergic reactions.

Some of the basic services EMTs provide include:

  • Respond to emergency calls for medical assistance
  • Transporting patients to a hospital
  • Provide first-aid treatment such as giving oxygen and performing CPR

EMTs provide essential, life-saving services to those in need. Because of the nature of their work, EMTs can get injured while in the line of duty. In 2014 alone, there were approximately 21,300 emergency medical service workers injured. EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters who performed some form of emergency medical service were included in the reported injuries. In addition, EMTs are three times more likely to become injured than professionals in other occupations.

Injuries EMTs Sustain in The Line of Duty

Some of the injuries EMTs are susceptible to include:

  • Sprains
  • Wounds
  • Harmful exposure
  • Strains
  • Back injury

If you are an EMT who was injured while performing work duties, you may be eligible for workers' compensation. Injuries can cause an EMT to seek expensive medical treatments or be temporarily bedridden—forcing him or her to take time off work. Seventeen percent of the 21,749 reported EMT and paramedic injuries from 2003 through 2007 resulted in thirty-one or more days in time off of work. This means that not only are injured EMTs potentially facing hefty medical fees, they are losing income as a result of their work-related injuries.

How Do EMTs Become Injured?

At times, EMTs are performing physically intensive duties under duress. From carrying patients to driving them quickly to a nearby hospital, the injuries EMTs sustain can vary. Some of the most common causes of injuries for EMTs include:

  • Over-exertion. From carrying a patient to quickly entering and exiting emergency vehicles can cause injuries relating to over-exertion of the body.
  • Slips and falls.
  • Transportation-related. This cause of injury includes vehicle crashes and accidents.
  • The patient. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMTs suffered injuries from patients in 37 percent of all 21,749 reported cases of EMT injuries including from patients' assaults.

Contact a Workers' Compensation Attorney

Becoming injured in the line of duty can take an emotional and physical toll on emergency medical technicians. Their injuries can be severe and can not only affect their physical health but negatively impact their finances as well. Under Illinois law, employees such as firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics are entitled to file a workers' compensation claim if they have an injury or illness that was caused by their work duties.

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, our DuPage County workers' compensation lawyers will work to ensure you receive the damages you are entitled to. Call us at 630-574-2288, or contact us online. We serve clients in Oak Brook, Wheaton, and throughout Illinois.

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