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Firefighters severely injured in fire engine accident

Seven people were hurt when a fire engine crashed with a tractor-trailer on the Capitol Beltway. Firefighters from West Lanham station were leaving an accident when they made an ill-advised U-turn on the road and collided with the tractor-trailer. Four firefighters were injured in the work injury crash and one had his arm severed from the elbow down.

After the crash, the firefighter was rushed to Baltimore's Union Memorial Hospital. Maryland surgeons worked for nine hours to reattach the firefighter's severed arm. Doctors noted that the firefighter's colleagues saved his arm when they wrapped it in ice after the injury.

When a worker is injured in connection with work, their medical expenses are covered by worker's compensation insurance. In an accident as severe as the one the firefighter suffered, an injured worker is eligible to collect a variety of worker's compensation benefits. An experienced personal injury attorney can advise an injured worker about all of the benefits that they may be entitled to collect.

In addition to all medical expenses, the injured worker will likely be eligible for replacement income for the time missed from work. The injured worker may also be compensated for the permanent disability he suffered. Furthermore, if he is not able to return to his position as a firefighter, he may receive compensation for the training or education for a new position. Finally, permanently disabled employees may be eligible for social security benefits to cover their expenses in the future.

While the surgery was a success for the firefighter in this case, doctors are keeping a close watch on his progress. He continues to rest in the hospital.

Source: Washington Post "Surgeons in Baltimore work to reattach firefighter's arm after Capital Beltway crash," Jan. 23, 2013

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