Leadership

Flaw in state volunteer firefighters workers compensation system

Issue 9 and Volume 152.

Flaw in state volunteer firefighters workers` compensation system T. Michael Nicholson Victor, New York In 1972, six months after I became an active member of the Bushnell`s Basin (NY) Volunteer Fire Department, I was struck by a car while directing traffic at a fire scene. I was only 17 years old. My injuries included two broken legs, a fractured skull, a stroke, collapsed lungs, and numerous internal injuries. I was in a coma for three and a half weeks. Awarded $80 per week from the Volunteer Firefighters Workers` Compensation Board, I was expected to go on with my life and be glad that I was alive. I tried in vain to live a normal life. After I got out of the hospital, it took me an extra three years just to finish high school. Then I tried to work. From 1975 until 1992, I had 27 jobs. A neuropsychologist said…

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