Two of Florida’s finest first responders recently suffered injuries in two separate auto-related collisions on the same day. While these accidents may have occurred on the other side of the state, they serve as a reminder for drivers to watch out for first responders who are working. They also serve as an example of how injured workers may be entitled to pursue personal injury claims to seek compensation for their losses.
On Thursday, Sept. 23, a firefighter was hit by a pickup truck while working the scene of an accident in Palm Harbor. This individual was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. That same day, a deputy with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was struck by a car while performing a routine traffic stop. Her injuries were initially reported as minor. The current conditions of both victims are unknown.
The drivers responsible
No information was shared about the driver responsible for hitting the firefighter. It is unclear if that person is facing any criminal charges. The individual who struck the deputy fled the scene and was later found and arrested. Impairment is believed to have contributed to the second accident.
Personal injury claims
Generally, when Florida residents suffer injuries while on the job, they can file workers’ compensation claims with their employers to seek relief for their losses. In cases involving car accidents, the victims may file third-party personal injury claims as well to seek even further compensation. An experienced attorney can help file the claims, negotiate with insurance providers and, if necessary, take the matter to court to assist victims seek maximum damages.