First Responders Workers’ Compensation: Protecting Ohio’s Firefighters, Police Officers, and Emergency Personnel
The brave police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and other first responders who serve in Northeast Ohio and beyond are heroes. They put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve our communities. Unfortunately, they’re not always treated as heroes when they’re injured on the job. When it comes to first responders workers’ compensation, Taubman Law will treat you like the hero you are.
Brian and Bruce Taubman are Cleveland attorneys who will never forget the important services first responders provide. We represent police officers, firefighters, and other first responders who are injured on the job in Northeast Ohio and beyond. We are prepared to represent you in matters of workers’ compensation, personal injury, temporary total disability (TTD), permanent partial disability (PPD), working wage continuation (WWC) and permanent total disability (PTD).
First Responders Workers’ Compensation
If you are a police officer, firefighter or other first responder and were injured on the job, we can help you obtain benefits. If your injuries were serious and caused by negligence, we can also represent you in third-party injury claims involving non-employers — such as property owners or product manufacturers — who played a role in causing an on-the-job injury. You may be entitled to lost detail pay, lost overtime pay, and/or compensation for pain, suffering, scarring, and/or other losses, if your injury involves things such as:
- Cruiser and motorcycle accidents
- Stolen motor vehicle pursuits
- Directing traffic
- Defective premises
- Snow and ice
- Road jobs and other details
- Resisting arrest and foot pursuits
- Domestics and protective custody
- Dogs: bites, chases, etc.
- Injuries during rescues
- Toxic substance and disease at exposure
- Injury in the classroom
Also, officers who retire under the Police and Fire Disability Pension Fund are generally eligible for all forms of workers’ compensation in addition to their police and fire benefits. Likewise, non-police City of Columbus employees who retire under the Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS or PERS) are still eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The same applies to Ohio state troopers and deputy sheriffs. Individuals who receive Social Security Disability benefits are entitled to also receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, the Social Security Administration does calculate an offset of benefits when the claimant concurrently receives workers’ compensation.
Dealing with workers’ compensation for public employees is not something you should try and do alone. Protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve. At Taubman Law, we are prepared to represent our brave firefighters, police officers, and first responders, and we will always fight for their rights. It’s our privilege to serve them in an expert legal capacity. If you or someone you love needs help, contact Brian and Bruce Taubman today.
This post was written by Cleveland attorney Bruce Taubman, who practices workers’ compensation, personal injury, and medical malpractice throughout Ohio.
Taubman Law primarily practices in personal injury, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation law, and employment discrimination throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond. For more than 40 years, the Taubman Law Family has been helping our clients receive the compensation that they deserve. Come and see us at our Ohio City office (1826 West 25th) for a free consultation or contact us here to set up an appointment. A lawyer who cares is right around the corner. Taubman Law — Smaller, Smarter, Better.