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 officers, firefighters 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.

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Melissa Yonkers

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Anna Diaz

Answered or returned calls and emails in a timely fashion. The employees at this firm are working for us the employee, not the employers. Very professional.

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Terri Delaney

The staff of Larry Pitt & Associates cannot be more helpful when going through a tremendously tough time. They are there for you and have answers for you before you even ask. They go above and beyond and are always on top of their game. Their time, consideration and professionalism are more than anyone can ask for. Highly recommend them and their services they provide!

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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

Ryan Hoffman

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Ryan Hoffman

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

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work.

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work. They were incredibly compassionate and handled my case professionally with an outstanding outcome.

D.R., client

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D.R., client

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work. They were incredibly compassionate and handled my case professionally with an outstanding outcome.

“Thank you for being so professional..”

"Thank you for being so professional in the way you and your staff handles my case. I am a little late showing my appreciation, but thank you so much. If I ever need someone to represent me again, you would be the ones!"

Annette P. Walls

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Annette P. Walls

"Thank you for being so professional in the way you and your staff handles my case. I am a little late showing my appreciation, but thank you so much. If I ever need someone to represent me again, you would be the ones!"

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"I want to thank you for your excellent representation of me and keeping your word. You asked me to hold on and things would be resolved in the Spring, and they were. Ariana’s graduation was beautiful and I was able to give her everything I wanted, including her class ring.

Also and not forgotten, Luba! She was so patient and attentive to me even when I was hysterical. Ha! Ha!"

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Dierdre P.

"I want to thank you for your excellent representation of me and keeping your word. You asked me to hold on and things would be resolved in the Spring, and they were. Ariana’s graduation was beautiful and I was able to give her everything I wanted, including her class ring. Also and not forgotten, Luba! She was so patient and attentive to me even when I was hysterical. Ha! Ha!"

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"Thank you so much for hearing my cry for help! You have always been there and I feel very comfortable with this Firm. It is wonderful people like you that makes me feel so Proud of Larry Pitt & Associates. Once again Thank You!"

John Rodriguez

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John Rodriguez

"Thank you so much for hearing my cry for help! You have always been there and I feel very comfortable with this Firm. It is wonderful people like you that makes me feel so Proud of Larry Pitt & Associates. Once again Thank You!"

“I want to thank you for representing me and for everything you guys have done for me.”

"I want to thank you for representing me and for everything you guys have done for me. I am extremely happy with the outcome-especially since my boss didn't show up at the final hearing. Thanks for your patience and understanding and most of all-compassion. I truly appreciate all your help."

Jennifer Kitz

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Jennifer Kitz

"I want to thank you for representing me and for everything you guys have done for me. I am extremely happy with the outcome-especially since my boss didn't show up at the final hearing. Thanks for your patience and understanding and most of all-compassion. I truly appreciate all your help."

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Salin Muhammed

"Peace & blessings to you, sir. With a lot of prayers for you and your family. Life is much more than business. But, business is about relationships. Mr. Pitt, I honor ours. Please sir, let’s keep in touch from time to time."
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