New York’s police officers and firefighters risk their lives on a daily basis to keep the people of New York safe. They literally run into dangerous situations to keep the peace or stop a blaze. While safety precautions are taken to keep these men and women safe, sometimes these government workers are still hurt on the job.

When a workplace accident hurts or kills a government employee, these employees and their families can rest assured knowing that workers’ compensation is available to cover the financial burdens caused by the accident.

15 New York firefighters may want to explore their workers’ compensation options following a recent accident. These workers were called to the scene of a six-story building that had been engulfed in flames. As the firefighters tried to get the fire under control, the roof of the building collapsed and injured 15 of the firefighters and one additional bystander. In total it took three hours to stop the fire.

Those firefighters injured in the accident were sent to local hospitals with minor injuries which included smoke inhalation.

Those firefighters injured in this accident may be left medical expenses from their hospital stays. Furthermore, they may need to take time off work to recuperate and therefore lose valuable income. All of these expenses can really add up for the average New York family.

However, government workers’ compensation is available to help these families. While the benefits may not be automatic, with the right help, government workers can apply for them. These benefits can help pay for expenses including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. By asserting their rights to workers’ compensation, government workers can make sure their families are taken care of following a workplace accident.

Source: CBS New York, “15 Firefighters, 1 Civilian Injured In Bronx Blaze,” June 3, 2013