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5 emergency personnel injured responding to roadside accident

There is little dispute that emergency response workers are exposed to a wide variety of hazards when they rush through traffic to respond to an accident and work alongside busy highways and hurried motorists. In Maryland and across the country injuries from accidents are, unfortunately, all too common, and rescue workers often suffer serious injuries and death. First responders may not have a traditional workplace, but they are at risk of a workplace injury nonetheless.

Recently, five emergency personnel were injured in an accident on an interstate. All five were assisting at the scene of a previous injury accident. Four of the injured are firefighters and the fifth is a state highway patrol officer.

The accident occurred as a 2006 Nissan was heading westbound when he traveled off the roadway, crossed into oncoming traffic and struck two of the firefighters. The Nissan then struck a parked 2001 Ford that had previously been involved in an injury accident, causing the Ford to strike the other three rescue workers. Three of the first responders were suffered significant injuries, and were transported by EMS to a local hospital.

Roadside responses by first responders can lead to serious injuries or even death when a work accident occurs. An injured worker often has the right to file a worker's compensation claim following a workplace accident. An experienced Maryland attorney can help an injured worker fight for adequate compensation in a workers' compensation claim for the victim's medical expenses, or in the tragic instance of a death, can try to obtain compensation for the worker's family.

Source: The Marshall Democrat-News, "5 emergency personnel injured in Interstate 70 accident, 2 previous accidents in same location," Kelsey Alumbaugh, Dec. 21, 2013.

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