Providing Dedicated Counsel to Injured First Responders/EMS Workers Throughout Pennsylvania

Emergency medical services (EMS) workers, including first responders, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, police officersfirefighters and nurses, have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. While risking their own lives to keep others safe, they are regularly exposed to job-related risks and hazards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 21,900 EMS workers were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for work-related injuries and illnesses in 2016 alone.

If you were injured on the job as a first responder/EMS worker, the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. can help you recover maximum benefits for your injury.

Job Hazards and Risks

According to a study conducted by the NHTSA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on EMS work-injury emergency room visits, some types of injuries are more common among EMS providers than other workers. These include: injuries due to body motion such as repetitive stress injuries and lifting injuries; exposure to harmful substances; slips, trips and falls; motor vehicle accidents; and workplace violence. The following are some of the most common job hazards and risks associated with first responders/EMS workers:

Assault (workplace violence): First responders often do not know what they are about to encounter when they arrive on scene. Intoxicated or combative patients may become violent and hit, kick, punch or bite EMS workers when they are being restrained or treated.

Blood-borne pathogens: Sick patients may spit or cough up bodily fluids, exposing EMS workers to blood-borne pathogens such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), especially when the worker is not wearing the proper face mask or other personal protective equipment (PPE).

Chemical exposure: First responders may be called to the scene of overdoses, traffic stops and arrests that involve dangerous drugs such as fentanyl, a synthetic opioid; breathing in or handling this dangerous chemical can cause serious harm or death. Firefighters are also regularly exposed to fire and toxic smoke.

Hearing loss: First responders/EMS workers are often exposed to high noise levels for extended periods of time. This can result in hearing loss and other conditions like tinnitus, which causes ringing in the ears.

Lifting injuries: This is the most common type of injury among first responders/ EMS workers. Transferring or carrying patients can cause workers to suffer lifting injuries such as back and neck sprains and strains.

Needlestick injuries: There are approximately 800,000 needlestick injuries in the U.S. each year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Contributing factors to this type of injury are using traditional needles without safety features, fast-paced work environments and inadequate training.

PTSD: First responders may suffer from post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because they often witness traumatic events such as violent crimes, catastrophic accidents and natural disasters. Symptoms may manifest not only emotionally but also physically in the form of fatigue, high blood pressure and ulcers.

Vehicle crashes: EMS providers often treat patients in the back of ambulances, which are traveling at a high rate of speed.

Types of Benefits

As a first responder, you are entitled to medical, wage loss, rehabilitation, disability and death benefits under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. You may also be entitled to benefits under the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act as well as other benefits programs. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. can help you determine which benefits you qualify for, so you can get the maximum compensation for your injury or illness.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Proudly Represent First Responders

If you were injured or you developed a work-related illness as a first responder/EMS worker, contact the knowledgeable Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. For a free consultation, call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form.

We proudly represent all types of injured workers, including first responders, firefighters, paramedics, police officers and other EMS workers across Pennsylvania, including those in the communities of Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala CynwydBensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester, Wynnewood and throughout Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County.

Testimonials

The greatest workplace injury lawyer in Pennsylvania

Larry and Phyllis, just want to personally thank you for going the extra mile to help me secure my case. Really appreciate everything you have done for me and my family. The greatest workplace injury lawyer in Pennsylvania!!

Brian Woodworth

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2019-07-16T17:21:23+00:00

Brian Woodworth

Larry and Phyllis, just want to personally thank you for going the extra mile to help me secure my case. Really appreciate everything you have done for me and my family. The greatest workplace injury lawyer in Pennsylvania!!

100% Best Workman’s Comp Firm in Philadelphia area!!

I had no idea what to expect with my workman's comp case. I am very pleased with the services I have received from Larry Pitt & his associates. 100% Best Workman's Comp Firm in Philadelphia area!!

Simon Carp

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2019-07-15T17:27:51+00:00

Simon Carp

I had no idea what to expect with my workman's comp case. I am very pleased with the services I have received from Larry Pitt & his associates. 100% Best Workman's Comp Firm in Philadelphia area!!

Thank You

My stars say it all! When I first injured myself, I did not know what to do. Thank you, Larry Pitt & Associates, for your help

Gloria Tucker

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2019-06-18T15:29:10+00:00

Gloria Tucker

My stars say it all! When I first injured myself, I did not know what to do. Thank you, Larry Pitt & Associates, for your help

Great Lawyer

Larry is a great lawyer. Whenever I had a question or needed help, he always called back personally to answer any questions I had. I recommend Larry Pitt.

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2019-06-10T14:07:49+00:00

Crystal Taylor

Larry is a great lawyer. Whenever I had a question or needed help, he always called back personally to answer any questions I had. I recommend Larry Pitt.

Great Work

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2019-06-10T14:06:53+00:00

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Great people are doing great work. I would recommend them.

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Larry Pitt was extremely attentive & reliable!

Daniel Middle

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2019-06-05T18:06:45+00:00

Daniel Middle

Larry Pitt was extremely attentive & reliable!

“Fantastic Experience”

We had a fantastic experience with Mr. Pitt. The staff was helpful & friendly every step of the way for his workman's comp case.

Anna Diaz

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2019-06-04T13:35:08+00:00

Anna Diaz

We had a fantastic experience with Mr. Pitt. The staff was helpful & friendly every step of the way for his workman's comp case.

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Larry Pitt & Associate's represented me to the fullest. He kept me aware of my case at all times and was in constant contact with me.

Caren Whites

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2019-05-30T13:40:43+00:00

Caren Whites

Larry Pitt & Associate's represented me to the fullest. He kept me aware of my case at all times and was in constant contact with me.

“Best Worker’s Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania”

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2019-05-23T17:14:50+00:00

Regina Lopez

If you're in need of a Worker's Compensation lawyer, do not doubt that Larry Pitt and Associates is the Best Worker's Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania

“Excellent Communication”

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2019-05-16T15:09:58+00:00

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