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Common injury risks for EMTs

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | workers' compensation

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) help save thousands of lives every day in the U.S. Meanwhile, they put their own lives on the line to do their jobs.

EMTs themselves can be injured in the line of duty. What are some of the most common injury risks that EMTs face?

Highly dangerous scenarios

Often, EMTs place themselves in highly dangerous situations as first responders. For instance, they may be the first to respond to a car accident. If a car accident has left victims and other vehicles on a high-speed road, then the scene itself is very dangerous, and it could result in further accidents. EMTs generally assess the scene in detail before acting, but there is no way to completely guarantee their safety at an accident scene.

Sadly, thousands of EMTs suffer violent attacks every year, which can cause serious injuries. EMTs may be called to treat someone who is hostile and violent. In some cases, there is no malice involved. Someone who is extremely ill and frightened may lash out with violence.

Stress to the body

The daily role of an EMT involves physically strenuous activities. EMTs are always on the move, carrying heavy equipment, moving patients to safety and more. All of this takes its toll on the body, and an EMT can suffer overexertion injuries to their back, neck and knees. They can also suffer repetitive strain injuries.

These professionals, have a right to workers’ compensation benefits when injured on the job. Having as much legal information as possible can help you if your claim has been denied or you have other issues or questions.


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