Workers’ Compensation For Volunteer Firefighters

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Skilled Des Moines Workplace Injury Lawyers Helping Volunteer Firefighters Injured On-The-Job

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 Des Moines workers’ comp attorneys at Loney & Schueller, LLC have more than 50 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
  • Breaks
  • 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% 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 A Workers’ Compensation 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 Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers, call our office at tel:1-515-225-4485. You can also reach us by contacting our office online.

Get All The Compensation You Deserve. Call Our Attorneys Today.

Contact us online, or call us at 1-515-225-4485 to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Des Moines personal injury attorney. We handle injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no attorney’s fees unless we are able to recover compensation on your behalf.

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Contact Us for A Free Consultation

Our law office is conveniently located at 50th St. and I-235 in West Des Moines. We have successfully represented thousands of personal injury and Iowa workers’ compensation clients. Call 1-515-225-4485 for a free consultation. You never pay attorneys’ fees until we win and recover for all of your losses either in a favorable settlement or trial verdict.

What Our Clients Say


Randy vigorously negotiated my case and I received a lump sum payment in excess of $200,000. He worked extremely hard for me and made sure I was taken care of. I am more than pleased with the outcome of my case.

Rusty from St. Augustine, Florida

Without Eric’s help and guidance I am not sure where I would be. I thank the person who referred Eric to me every day. I recommend that others use Eric for their workers’ compensation cases.

Terry of Iowa

Sarah also obtained a settlement from homeowner’s the insurance company. I would certainly recommend Sarah to represent you with regard to injuries received due to a dog bite.

Shane of Des Moines, Iowa