Washington firefighter seeks damages for on-job injuries
SEATTLE (AP) — An injured Washington state firefighter has filed a $100 million civil claim, but must first fight a law prohibiting him from collecting damages.
The Seattle Times reports that 29-year-old Daniel Lyon Jr. filed the claim against an Okanogan electric cooperative, but a doctrine established in the state prevents first responders from suing.
Investigators say the 2015 Twisp River fire was caused by an uninsulated power line in a fire zone owned by the company.
A company attorney says people who start fires could be afraid to call authorities if an injured first responder was able to sue them.
Lyon’s attorneys say the doctrine violates the state constitution that provides equal protection under the law.
Officials say Lyon suffered full-body burns after his crew’s vehicle was overcome by flames while escaping.
Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com