It is virtually impossible for Ohio residents to open the paper these days without coming upon an article about workplace injuries. From construction sites to industrial sites, safety has certainly improved over the years, but many employees continue to work in dangerous workplace environments. This is particularly true for first responders, who work an inherently dangerous job. However, all injured workers, regardless of the inherent dangerousness of their job, are entitled to compensation for workplace accidents.
According to a recent new report, an Ohio fire captain was recently injured while attending to an automobile crash victim last Tuesday. According to authorities, the car crash took place on U.S. 35 around 5:30 a.m. The fire captain was speaking to a victim of the crash when another vehicle struck that vehicle pushing the car into him. The crash resulted in a 12-vehicle pileup. Authorities blame snow and ice for multiple crashes throughout the area.
While the Dayton area fire captain’s condition is currently unavailable for report, members of the fire captain’s department have announced that the captain’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening at this time. According to witnesses at the scene of the tragic accident, the impact of the car crash allegedly threw the captain somewhere between 20 and 30 feet. The Dayton fire captain is currently recovering from the car accident at a local area hospital.
Anyone injured in a workplace accident, even if it occurs offsite, but in the course of his or her employment, is entitled to compensation. The workers compensation system is a series of laws designed to provide compensation to employees injured at work. The worker’s compensation system, however, is governed by specific guidelines and procedures for recovering claims. It is vital that workers follow these rules and guidelines if the expect to recover compensation.
Source: WBSN–10 TV, “Ohio firefighter recovering after being hit by car,” March 27, 2013.