Workers Compensation

Canadian Chief Sues for Wrongful Termination

A former British Columbia fire chief has filed suit claiming he was wrongfully terminated following a battle with post traumatic stress disorder. Penticton Fire Chief Wayne Williams filed suit this week claiming the City of Penticton wrongfully retired him while he was recovering from PTSD

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RI Supreme Court Reverses Denial Of Disability Pension

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has reversed a decision by the City of Providence’s Retirement Board that denied a disability pension to Rescue Captain Michael Morse. Mike, who is a well known author and blogger, injured his back in 2012 while lifting a patient.

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Pension for Disabled NY Firefighter Restored by Appellate Court

A disabled New York firefighter has successfully prevailed in challenging his former city’s attempt to cut his disability payments. Mount Vernon firefighter Michael Masullo was permanently disabled in 2000, and granted a disability pension in 2004. In 2009, the city demanded he apply for any further benefits.

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Fireman’s Rule and Recovering for Injuries

Today’s burning question: I am a career firefighter and tore my left MCL on a medical call when a patient kicked me. I am receiving worker's comp, but I was wondering if a firefighter has the ability recover from the responsible party? Answer: A firefighter's ability to recover is going to depend initially on your state’s interpretation of the “Fireman’s Rule”.

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Camden Firefighter Convicted of Pension Fraud

A Camden firefighter who claimed to be disabled has been found guilty of second-degree theft by deception by a Camden County jury. Shane B. Streater claimed that job related back and neck injuries prevented him from continuing to work as a firefighter in Camden.

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More Hearing Loss Claims in NY, NJ, Philly Areas

Yesterday we discussed a lawsuit filed by 34 New Jersey firefighters over hearing loss. WPIX TV Channel 11 in New York is reporting that there are actually more than 4,000 firefighters in the New York-New Jersey-Philadelphia area suing Federal Signal and apparatus manufacturers over siren related hearing loss.

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CT Firefighter Sues Apparatus Driver and Fire Department For Injuries

A Connecticut firefighter whose foot was run over and crushed by an engine at the scene of a house fire last year, is suing his fire department and the driver for his injuries. Christopher Ziemba, a member of the Durham Volunteer Fire Department, was injured on April 23, 2014 at the scene of a house fire in Durham, Connecticut.

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NJ Lieutenant Suing Fire Chief For Harassment and Defamation

A New Jersey lieutenant is suing his fire chief and fire department claiming he was harassed, defamed, and accused of committing a criminal offense while recuperating from a spinal cord injury. Lt. Ronald Laube claims that Clifton Chief Vincent Colavitti ordered him to work modified duty against his neurosurgeon’s orders and falsely accused him of driving a snow plow while he was on sick leave.

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Mass Firefighter Sues Claiming Termination Violates First Amendment

A Massachusetts firefighter who was terminated last year for working while off-injured, has filed suit in federal court claiming that his discipline was actually retaliation for exercising his First Amendment rights. Andrew Davison was a firefighter in Sandwich, Massachusetts and co-owner of Cape Cod BioFuels, Inc.

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Firefighter’s Widow Sues Fire Department Over Cancer Death

The widow of a Washington state firefighter who died of cancer in 2013 has filed suit against the city claiming her husband had knowingly been exposed to radon in his fire station. Wendy Ann Murray filed suit against the City of Vancouver in Clark County Superior Court last week claiming that her husband, Carl, had been “negligently, recklessly and outrageously” exposed to radon.

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