Under the New York State Workers’ Compensation Law, volunteer firefighters injured in the course of their firematic duties are eligible for lost wage/workers’ compensation benefits. The proper form to file following an injury which occurred during the course of volunteer firefighters activities is known as a VF-3. This form requests information regarding the fact and circumstances surrounding the injury, the nature of medical care already received, and other important items.
It is important that injured firefighters do not delay in filing their claim for benefits. If you have been injured while working as a volunteer firefighter and want to make sure that you receive the proper compensation, we strongly recommend consulting with a New York State Workers’ Compensation attorney. Voluntary firefighters are provided special enhanced benefits under the current laws.