Can a volunteer firefighter get a personal injury settlement if they got burned on the face?
Question Details: My nephew is a volunteer firefighter. He was burned real bad on his ears. The paid firefighters got money.
Because he's not an employee, he is not entiled to either Worker's Compensation or to any amounts/payments the paid firefighers might get through their employment contracts. Since firefighting is an inherently dangerous activity, there is generally no compensation for the normal and natural risks (e.g. getting burned) absent worker's compensation or compensation guaranteed by a contract, which puts a volunteer firefighter in a tough position.
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