Having dealt with 10 injury claims for firefighters in the past 5 years, a Solicitor firm has said there is no compensation scheme for firefighters, like that of gardaí or prison officers.
Some of the injuries suffered by firefighters can rage from severe burns, smoke inhalation, chemical reaction or injuries to the head, back and neck.
According to Moloney & Co. Solicitors, some injuries suffered by firefighters may be as a result of defective ladders, roofs, PPE or faulty premises and as there is no Statutory compensation scheme for firefighters, who are often left with no choice but to pursue negligence claims against property owners and their employers.
Liam Moloney, Managing Partner of Moloney & Co. Solicitors told Emergency Times ‘Just because firefighters perform a dangerous job does not mean that they have to suffer the consequences of their injuries without being properly compensated for them.”
Moloney & Co. Solicitors, with offices based in Naas and Dublin, have helped injured fire personnel and their families recover fair compensation for personal injuries sustained while at work. Experienced Solicitors will thoroughly investigate firefighters’ claims, build the strongest case possible and hold all responsible parties accountable.
Speaking to EmergencyTimes.ie, Mr. Moloney also said “Fire authorities only have a duty as employer to take reasonable care for the safety of their employees. An injured firefighter has no statutory compensation scheme and therefore has no option but take a legal action for compensation if injured and must prove their injuries were caused by the negligence of their employer. This negligence could arise from an unsafe place of work or failure to provide appropriate PPE” he said.
Liam Moloney, Moloney & Co. Solicitors
The time period is two years from the date the injury occurred and therefore it is important that a Firefighter takes immediate action to protect their legal rights.