In Iowa, many smaller communities rely on volunteer firefighters to protect them. Firefighting is a dangerous job, especially in residential areas. In addition to the danger posed by extreme heat and fire, volunteer firefighters are exposed to chemicals and unstable structures. Injuries are common.
Workers’ compensation benefits are critical for volunteer firefighters. Statistics show that volunteer firefighters are more likely to be injured than career firefighters. According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly 14,870 volunteer firefighters were injured between 2012 and 2014.
The attorneys at Loney & Schueller, LLC, based in West Des Moines, have more than 40 years of combined experience helping injured workers throughout Iowa recover compensation. We have helped volunteer firefighters with injuries including:
- Severe strains, sprains and serious wounds
- Thermal injuries, including smoke inhalation
- Burn injuries
- Heart attack and stroke
How Do You Recover Workers’ Compensation Benefits For A Volunteer Position?
Although volunteer firefighters are not paid, they receive special compensation under the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Act. Under the law, volunteer firefighters are compensated based on the wage they would earn if they had been injured in their regular employment or 140 percent of the statewide average weekly wage, whichever is greater.
Other Volunteer Positions Who Are Covered Under Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation System
In addition to volunteer firefighters, anyone who works as a volunteer emergency medical provider, emergency rescue technician, emergency medical technician trainee or reserve police officer is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Choose An Attorney Who Can Maximize Your Claim
We are familiar with the challenges that volunteer firefighters face with workers’ compensation claims. We are committed to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with one of our compassionate lawyers, call our office in Des Moines at 515-225-4485 or elsewhere in Iowa at 888-857-9266. You can also reach us by contacting our office online.