NY Firefighter Accidents
Protecting those who so nobly protect New York
The injury attorneys at Altier & Vogt LLC have a special relationship with New York City firefighters. We have represented hundreds of firefighters with injury-related claims and lawsuits. We also consistently support firefighter-related causes.
Laws governing firefighter injuries are complex. Pursuing claims under these laws requires highly specialized knowledge and significant experience. We combine the might that our decades of personal injury experience affords us with the skills and knowledge of Laurie Galioto, an active firefighter, UFA delegate, and an attorney with 15 years of experience in meeting the legal needs of his fellow firefighters.
Firefighters count on us to obtain justice
On-the-job injuries are devastating for firefighters and their families, emotionally and economically. We strive to take the worry out of every injury. Because he is an active firefighter, Attorney Galioto, in particular, understands and can relate to what injured colleagues are going through.
Firefighters trust us to hold responsible parties accountable and to obtain full compensation for their injuries. We fully comprehend the applicable laws and have made hundreds of successful claims under them. Many pitfalls can cause a firefighter to lose his or her right to make a claim altogether, as some firefighters who have retained other attorneys have unfortunately discovered. We protect our clients’ interests at every turn.
There are no two ways about it. When it comes to firefighter law, we know what we are doing.
We focus on GML 205a and GOL 11-106 claims
In New York State, two laws give injured firefighters the right to be compensated by whoever is responsible for their injury.
General Municipal Law 205a (GML 205a):
GML 205a has been around since the turn of the last century. It allows firefighters to make a claim for any injury suffered on the job as a result of violations of law. Although a firefighter accepts certain risks, the law recognizes that it is wrong to make a firefighter bear the burden of the extra risk placed on him by someone’s illegal conduct.
The law has been amended over the years and today states that firefighters can be compensated by law violators regardless of what type of law was broken or where the violation took place. This means that firefighters who are injured in rig accidents responding to fires, performing apparatus field inspection duty (AFID), operating at fires, or, back in quarters, are covered under the law. The law also now applies to police officers.
General Obligations Law 11-106 (GOL 11-106):
Passed in 1996, this law put firefighters in the same shoes as ordinary citizens. A firefighter who is injured can, under certain circumstances, recover for those injuries that were caused by someone else’s negligence. In effect, the old firefighter’s rule that barred all claims because firefighters assumed the risks of their job, now applies only to situations in which the firefighter’s employer’s negligence causes the injury. However, in certain circumstances, an injured firefighter may still have a negligence claim against the Fire Department of the City of New York.
We can make a difference
Please call us as soon as possible if you are injured. In most cases, there are strict time limitations within which you must start your claim.
From our office across from Penn Station, our New York City personal injury attorneys represent firefighters, throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Long Island.
Contact us for an honest evaluation of your firefighter injury case. Your initial consultation is free, and you pay no legal fees unless we recover on your behalf.
From everyone here at Altier & Vogt, thank you, good luck, and stay safe.