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Pennsylvania firefighter dies on duty while fighting a fire

A work accident can lead to grave medical and physical problems. Many times, workplace injuries suffered due to an accident may cause disability or impairment that can lead to unemployment as well as extremely high medical expenses.

There are some jobs that are, by their very nature, more dangerous than others. Firefighters, police officers, and construction workers are some of the most vulnerable workers susceptible to workplace injuries due to their dangerous jobs.

In Philadelphia, a female firefighter succumbed to injuries suffered while she was putting out a local fire. She was a member of a three-person firefighting team who was sent to hose down and put out a fire in a residential home. The 36-year-old firefighter was an 11-year veteran and respected member of the unit and her community. The mayor himself came out to express his condolences for the loss of this valiant woman. She is survived by her two children, including a 16-month-old daughter.

Unfortunately, a tragedy such as this is not uncommon. Family members of deceased victims may find recourse in the law of workers' compensation. While their loved ones cannot be brought back, the law could still provide them with compensation for the fatal injuries suffered on the job. Workers' compensation may benefit family members of all such victims with punitive as well as monetary compensation. It is important for family members to gather as much information as possible to make the situation as painless as possible. Workers' compensation attorneys can provide more information.

Source: LancasterOnline.com, "Female Philadelphia firefighter dies in house fire," Dec. 9, 2014

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