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 also 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.
Eric, Randy, and Sarah have more than 40 years of combined experience helping injured workers 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 also entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
If you've been injured while working as a volunteer firefighter, call Eric, Randy, and Sarah 515-225-4485, and let us fight to you the compensation you've rightfully earned!