First responders risk mind and body to help car accident victims

Most people who are involved in car accidents in Pennsylvania survive to be more careful on the roads. This is often because the Keystone State has highly modernized emergency response services to manage accidents and the injuries they cause.

The government in Harrisburg has been struggling to protect first responders for years, and finally made headway with a proposed law to recognize post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as an occupational disorder. This new law would make it possible for officers, firefighters and medics to claim workers’ compensation on the road to recovery.

Physical injuries are also common among first responders. A retired state trooper related an experience in which he was permanently disabled after a collision during an attempt to put out a roadside fire. His feet are paralyzed, and his left eye no longer functions. He now conducts outreach to first responders, advising them to be aware of their surroundings during the intensity of work.

“It’s very important for them not only to be focused on the task at hand, but also to make sure that they keep one eye open at all times for the dangers of the passing traffic,” the retired trooper said.

Drivers who are liable for accidents they have caused may also be liable for financial damages to help victims of motor vehicle crashes. It is important for people injured in car crashes to consider legal representation. The same is true for survivors of people killed on the road. Reimbursement for related expenses and compensation for pain and emotional distress may help with the problems caused by collisions.