Law Enforcement / Firefighters

Westlake Village Firefighter and Police Officer Injury Attorneys

If you are a firefighter or police officer who has suffered an injury in the line of duty, contact the Flahavan Law Offices. Whether your accident involved an auto collision, dangerous property conditions, or even dog bites, you may have a right to be compensated for all of your injuries.

Firefighters and police officers that are injured in the line of duty deserve the highest quality legal representation. The state of California recognizes that these occupations are inherently dangerous and has lowered the burden that is typically required in a court of law to recover compensation for injuries sustained in the line of duty. It is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident to protect your rights.

 

A History of Success in Helping First Responders and Law Enforcement

The Flahavan Law Offices works closely with injured first responders to provide a fair evaluation of liability based on more than three decades of experience. Our approach is to provide an honest assessment of your case and to help you pursue the maximum compensation available. The attorneys at the Flahavan Law Offices come from a long line of firefighters – we understand how first responders put their safety on the line.

We are ready to represent firefighters, police officers, or other first responders for injuries in the line of duty in situations such as:

  • Injuries suffered in Auto Accidents
  • Falls in Residential and Commercial Building Fires
  • Gunshot Wounds
  • Joint and Bone Injuries, including Knee Injuries and Shoulders
  • Burn Injuries

Police officers and firefighters face risky and hazardous situations in course of their job duties. When injuries happen, the result can be a long road to recovery made more complicated by medical expenses and the financial challenge of lost wages. Let us work to help you resolve your workers’ compensation issues so that you can focus on your physical recovery.

 

On the Job Injuries

Experience in Handling Third Party Cases

If you are injured in an accident that was caused in whole or in part by someone other than your employer, not only would you be entitled to workers’ compensation from your employer, you may also be entitled to recover substantial damages from the responsible party in what is often called a “third party lawsuit.”

Get Monetary Recovery Beyond Workers’ Compensation

Most California workers are covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. However, workers’ compensation benefits are limited, which is why workers’ compensation is only the beginning of the benefits available to employees who are injured while on the job. If a third party is partially or totally responsible for the injury, a third-party liability claim may be filed by the injured worker against the negligent party.

Hazardous Situations

Firefighters and police officers are often put into hazardous situations; this hazardous environment can lead to serious injuries. If the injuries sustained are a result of a property owner or individual who has acted in violation of the law they may be held liable under California law. If you are facing mounting financial challenges or time away from work, you should talk to an experienced California firefighter injury attorney.

The most common example of a third party case involving a firefighter, paramedic or police officer, occurs in a vehicle collision with a negligent driver. A third party case may also result if any worker is injured as a result of a defective piece of equipment such as a ladder or power tool. This type of third party case is a referred to as a products liability case, which could be filed against the manufacturer of the defective piece of equipment.

Third Part Claim: Compensation

As opposed to workers’ compensation claims, a third party case has no statutory limits on the amount of monetary damages an injured worker can receive. In third party cases, a judge or jury determines damages based on the injured worker’s pain and suffering, future loss of earnings, inability to perform non-work activities and the amount of medical expenses. Due to the complex nature of third party cases it is critical that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Having a lawyer who understands how to maximize your benefits will make all the difference in your case.

Off the Job Injuries

At the Flahavan Law Offices we realize that an injury to a firefighter or police officer often has far reaching implications in their lives and their families. Catastrophic injuries can occur in an instant, but the suffering continues for a lifetime. Your physical and emotional state is an important factor in your ability to work effectively. We come from a long line of firefighters ourselves and know how hard you work to keep the public safe. We will apply that same work ethic to recover what is deserved and get your life back on track.

How We Can Help You After an Injury

We use state-of-the-art tools and techniques to ensure we present the most compelling case on your behalf. Because the facts and goals of each legal matter are different, we tailor our approach to achieve the best possible resolution for your case. “We Wrote The Book On Personal Injury” and will aggressively litigate your case.

 

The Flahavan Law Offices handles police and firefighter injuries that include:

  • Death
  • Brain Trauma
  • Burns
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of Limb
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Fractures

Damages that may be recovered in California personal injury claims include monetary compensation for:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Physical Pain and Mental Anguish
  • Lost Wages or Work Time
  • Physical Impairment
  • Disfigurement
  • Exemplary Damages
  • Wrongful Death