POLICE & FIREFIGHTER INJURIES
Because of the brave service that they provide to our community, the reality is that police and firefighter injuries are a part of life for many of our servicemen and servicewomen. In the event that you or a family member suffer such an injury, having proper legal representation is an important part of the path to recovery. If you or a family member are a police officer or firefighter who has suffered an injury in the line of duty, contact the greater Boston area personal injury attorneys at Kenney & Conley. Whether your accident involved an auto collision, dangerous property conditions, or even dog bites, you have the right to be compensated for all of your physical, economic, and intangible losses.
Personal Injury Claims with Police & Firefighter Injuries
Unlike other states, which under the so-called “fireman’s rule” specifically prohibit a civil action by a police officer or firefighter against a citizen for injuries suffered while responding to a call for assistance, Massachusetts law enforcement and emergency response personnel are entitled, just like any other worker, to recover personal injury damages against the person responsible for causing the emergency situation. The attorneys at Kenney & Conley understand the impact of this distinction exceptionally well: our firm won the Appeals Court case that prevented the fireman’s rule from being applied against Massachusetts public safety personnel and their families.
The Massachusetts rule, known as the “rescue doctrine,” is intended to promote effective action in emergency situations by relieving some of the risk that injury might result from heroic action. Our attorneys understand the details of this doctrine extremely well, because we helped establish it as accepted law in a case that Kenney & Conley handled successfully before the Court of Appeals in the year 2000.
Types of Police & Firefighter Injuries
Kenney & Conley lawyers are ready to represent firefighters, police officers, or other first responders for injuries in the line of duty in such situations as the following:
- Injuries suffered in both auto and foot chases of criminal suspects
- Falls from collapsing structures in residential and commercial building fires
- Gunshot wounds suffered while making an arrest or responding to a 911 call
- Accidents resulting from unlit, poorly maintained, or inherently dangerous property conditions at emergency scenes
- Auto accident injuries on road or highway shoulders while writing a traffic citation or clearing an earlier accident scene