Firefighters are true heroes. While most of us run out of burning buildings, firefighters do the opposite. They run towards the danger, working to save lives and protect property. Cities and towns across Long Island are safer because of the work of our firefighters.
Unfortunately, firefighters are often injured in the line of duty. Rushing into a house is on fire can lead to injuries, or even death. In these situations, firefighters can turn to a Long Island workplace injury attorney for help in filing a lawsuit based on their injuries. For firefighters killed at work, their survivors may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.
A New York law establishes a framework for when firefighters can file a lawsuit for on-the-job injuries. Otherwise, firefighters are limited to workers’ compensation and other benefits to cover their losses.
Under General Municipal Law Section 205-a, firefighters or their families have the right to file a lawsuit and seek recovery for their damages when they suffer injuries or death in the line of duty. Under this law, a claim can only proceed if the injury or death was the result of a violation of any statute, code, regulation, or rule recognized by the jurisdiction where the accident occurred. If the injury or death was sustained in the line of duty and was caused directly or indirectly by any violation that had a “practical or reasonable” connection to the injury, a firefighter can recover for his or her injury.
To recover under section 205-a, a seasoned Long Island workplace injury attorney must prove that a person or entity violated a federal, state or local law, code or regulation. If this violation directly or indirectly caused an injury or death to the firefighter, the firefighter and/or his or her family could recover for their losses.
In many cases, landlords and building owners are named in section 205-a lawsuits for failing to comply with building codes and fire maintenance statutes. If a building owner fails to install proper emergency exits or sprinkler systems, for example, it not only endangers the building occupants, but the firefighters who respond to the building in the event of a fire.
There are a number of laws that, if violated, could form the basis of a section 205-a lawsuit. This includes the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law, the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, the Penal Law, the New York State Labor Law and (in certain situations) the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The state of New York has a number of laws and regulations that require new and existing buildings to comply with certain safety standards in order to protect against devastating fires.
For example, the Fire Code of New York State mandates that all new buildings have fire alarm and detection systems in all rooms, working carbon monoxide detectors, and automatic sprinkler systems. It also requires that all existing buildings comply with regulations regarding existing elevators, vertical openings, sprinkler systems, smoke and fire alarm systems, exit access stairways and ramps, escalators, and ramps. In addition, all buildings must have fire extinguishers in specified locations throughout the building. A violation of any of these regulations could allow a firefighter to pursue a section 205-a lawsuit.
The New York State Building Code also has certain requirements that impact fire safety. For example, stairways must meet width and capacity requirements, and buildings must have the appropriate number of exits and emergency exits based on their size. Stairways, ramps and aisles must have handrails with appropriate strength, and the building should not have more occupants than its stated occupancy.
These laws and regulations are vital for building safety — and to protect firefighters in the event of a fire. If a firefighter is injured due to a failure of a building owner, landlord, or other person or entity to comply with the law, he or she may be entitled to file a lawsuit. An experienced Long Island workplace injury attorney can help.
Firefighters protect our lives and our property — and they deserve our protection when they are hurt or killed in the line of duty. The law firm of Siler & Ingber advocates for firefighters who suffer on-the-job injuries in Long Island and the surrounding areas, working to help them achieve justice and get the compensation that they deserve.
Our law firm is dedicated to helping victims of all types of accidents, including workplace injuries, recover for their losses. We offer free initial consultations, and we never charge a fee unless we recover money for you. Contact us today at 1-516-294-2666, or online to schedule an appointment with a seasoned Long Island workplace injury attorney.
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PROMOTION PERIOD: The Siler & Ingber Mineola MegaStar Contest begins on March 20, 2023 at 12:00 am ET and
ends on May 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, a MegaStar must be a legal U.S. resident at least 16 years of age as of date of
Nomination. A Mineola MegaStar is defined as a person who lives or works in Mineola and is admired or idealized for their courage, dedication, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. By participating, Entrants agree to be
bound by the official rules. Sponsors reserve the right to verify and determine eligibility in their sole discretion.
TO PARTICIPATE: During the Promotion Period, Siler & Ingber will accept from the members of the public (herein, the “Nominators”) nominations of Eligible Entrants (Mineola Megastars) who live or works in Mineola. Nominations may be entered by visiting www.nylawnet.com/mineolamegastar and completing the online form and essay submission or by emailing photo and essay to firstname.lastname@example.org during the Promotion Period to receive one (1) entry. Essay must not exceed 500 words. Acceptable essay formats are word documents or pdf ONLY. Nominations submitted without all required information or after the Promotion Period will be disregarded.
Online submissions must be received by May 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET to be eligible. All entries become the exclusive property of Siler & Ingber and will not be acknowledged or returned.
ESSAY: During the promotion period, an Entrant can nominate a Mineola MegaStar for the contest by submitting a
photo and essay. The essay must describe why the individual should be chosen as the award winner, including how the individual demonstrates some or all of the following qualifications:
1) an inspiring example to others by helping make Mineola a better place to live (through volunteerism, extra-curricular actives, special projects, giving back, etc.)
2) going above and beyond to aid a friend, family member, stranger or community in a time of need; and/or
3) love of profession and desire, determination and diligence to help outside of normal job responsibilities. The essay must be in English and no more than 500 words. All information provided must be truthful, accurate and complete. An Entrant cannot nominate more than one Hero.
Submitted Materials: Each essay must satisfy all the following submission requirements the Submission
· The essay must be the original creation of Entrant.
· The essay must not portray any recognizable individual without their prior consent, including consent from the
· Entrant must either own all rights to the essay or otherwise have the right to submit the essay in the contest and to provide the rights to Sage Surfaces as set forth herein.
· The essay must not infringe any third party’s intellectual property rights.
· The essay may not contain illegal, indecent, obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit content, or otherwise offensive material or inappropriate content such as aberrational behavior, graphic violence, drug abuse, or nudity.
· The essay must not promote bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
· The essay must be non-defamatory and must not invade any third party’s right of privacy or publicity.
· The essay must otherwise be appropriate for publication or broadcast or display on a general interest website.
By submitting an essay, each Entrant represents and warrants that the essay meets all of the submission
requirements and that the distribution, reproduction, display and any other uses of any part of the essay by Siler & Ingber as permitted herein will not infringe any third-party rights. Each Entrant further agrees to indemnify and hold Siler & Ingber harmless from and against any and all claims, demands, damages, costs, liabilities and causes of action of whatsoever nature that are based upon or arise out of any breach by such Entrant of such warranties or representations made by contestant or of these official rules.
By submitting an essay, Entrant grants to Siler & Ingber a non-exclusive, perpetual, world-wide, royalty-free license (and waives all moral rights in and to the essay) to display or otherwise use the essay in connection with this promotion and as set forth herein. If Siler & Ingber determines, in its sole discretion and at any time during the promotion period, that any nomination violates the submission requirements, is otherwise unsuitable, offensive, or in poor taste, or violates these official rules, Siler & Ingber reserves the right to remove and disqualify the essay. Siler & Ingber retains sole
discretion as to whether any nomination satisfies the submission requirements and the official rules.
WINNER SELECTION: For the entry period, a panel of judges will select potential Mineola Megastar finalists based on the compelling nature of the essay based on the criteria set forth herein. Top 5 entries will be announced on May 10, 2023. We will post the top 5 on social media. Final winner announced May 15, 2023. Award Ceremony for Mineola MegaStar will take place on May 19, 2023.
WINNER NOTIFICATION AND RELEASES: We will attempt to notify potential winners via telephone and/or email. If a potential winner: (a) does not respond within 48 hours of initial notification attempt; (b) is not in compliance with these official rules, (c) does not meet the eligibility requirements, (d) declines the prize, he or she will be disqualified, and an alternate winner will be selected by applying the criteria set forth above.
PRIZES: There is 1 Mineola MegaStar. Winner will receive a $500 Cash Prize.
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PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: No transfer, assignment, sale, duplication, cash redemption or substitution of Prize (or portion of Prize) is permitted, except by Sponsors, which reserve the right to substitute a Prize (or applicable portion of Prize) with one of comparable or greater value, as determined by Sponsors. Sponsors are not responsible for and will not replace a lost or stolen Prize or any component thereof. All Prize details are at Sponsors’ sole and absolute discretion. Non-compliance with these Official Rules may result in disqualification and, at Sponsors’ sole discretion, the awarding of Prize to an alternate winner.
VERIFICATION OF OFFICIAL WINNER: ALL PRIZE WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION BY SPONSORS, WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE CONTEST.