The Brannon Law Firm has a long history of representing Ohio police officers, firefighters and other first responders that are injured in the performance of their duties. Few jobs are more dangerous than those who serve the public as first responders. This work environment often requires police officers and firefighters to place themselves in harm’s way in order to help members of our community. This often results in serious injuries to law enforcement officers and firefighters through no fault of their own. When this happens, we have found that many police officers and firefighters are not aware of their rights when an accident occurs.
The law related to injuries of police and firefighters presents some very unique and complex issues pertaining to both liability and insurance coverage. In fact, a large number of police and firefighters are surprised to learn that they have sources of recovery outside of the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund or workers compensation systems. These can be claims against drunk or negligent drivers, someone resisting arrest or medical attention, or any other negligent individual with whom you interacted as part of your job. Many times, these claims are covered by insurance policies held by the individual, company, or land owner. You may even be able to file a claim on your department’s insurance policy or with your own automobile insurance company if your injury was caused by a car accident.
An attorney who is experienced in handling police and firefighter injury claims can help investigate the circumstances of an accident and determine if a recovery can be made. Before becoming an attorney in 1974, Dwight Brannon was a police officer with the City of Dayton Police Department. After graduating law school, he entered private practice and focused on personal injury matters. As a result, he represented and still represents many of the officers and first responders he used to work with, including the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). The Brannon Law Firm continues to represent injured officers and firefighters. If you have been injured while working as a police officer, firefighter or first responder while on the job, call our offices to see how we can help.