First Responders

Representing Injured First Responders

First responders face many risks. It is important to understand your rights after being injured in a work-related accident. At The Law Office of Dennis Dean Smejkal, P.A., in Orlando, I will protect your best interests and guide you through the process of filing a workers' compensation claim.

The Heart/Lung Bill

Certified police officers, firefighters and correction officers are covered under the Heart/Lung Bill when they are injured on the job. The process of applying for workers' compensation benefits is very different for certified first responders under this statute.

If you are a police officer, firefighter or correction officer, you need to understand your rights and ability to receive benefits if you ever suffer a work-related injury. The Heart/Lung Bill has strict requirements that must be met in order to qualify for benefits to help pay for your injuries, including medical care and treatment, and lost wages.

How I Can Help You

Injured workers must meet all four required criteria in order to qualify for benefits. The four elements under the Heart/Lung Bill are:

  1. Qualify under the covered class of employment: only certified police officers, firefighters and correction officers are covered under the law.
  2. Pass the pre-employment physical: your pre-employment physical must be clean and free from hypertension, heart disease or any condition listed in your claim in the future.
  3. Have hypertension, heart disease, tuberculosis or hepatitis.
  4. Miss work due to your disability or injury.

Workers can suffer injuries in all types of accidents, including motor vehicle accidents, unexpected events or due to repetitive trauma.

Workers who are unable to do their job due to their injuries may be able to receive In Line Of Duty Disability if they work for the city or municipality. Firefighters, police officers or correction officers employed by the county or state of Florida who are unable to do their jobs due to their injuries may be able to receive benefits from the Florida Retirement System.

Work With An Experienced Attorney To Protect Your Future

Workers' compensation benefits for injured first responders are complex. It is important to work with a lawyer who understands the Heart/Lung Bill and how your case will be affected by specific rules and requirements.

I will evaluate all factors in your case to determine if you are eligible to receive benefits. At my law firm, you will receive personal attention from the very start. My goal is to protect your rights and to help you recover from your injuries.

Do you have more questions? Injured in a work accident? Call me.

You have rights after being injured at work. Visit my Frequently Asked Questions area, our Resources area, or contact me. I will evaluate your case and help you every step of the way.