Firefighter Josef Tadijanac filed the suit against Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department's Chief Craig Roberts and two other firefighters from that department, according to the Mansfield News Journal.
In late June, Firefighter Tadijanac responded to a fire and was told to help pump water from one tanker to another. While he positioned himself at the rear of a Troy Township Fire Department tanker, the vehicle owned by the Jefferson Township Department, which was behind him, moved forward and pinned him in between the tankers.
The two firefighters from the Jefferson Township Department involved in the suit were operating the tanker.
Firefighter Tadijanac suffered above-the-knee amuputations, organ system failures, vision loss, and cognitive dysfunction, according to the suit, and is asking for at least $25,000 in damages.
The suit alleges that the firefighters operating the tanker were not properly trained and directly caused Firefighter Tadijanac's injuries.
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Dustin SmithTuesday, November 27, 2012 11:22:51 AMI dunno bout all this now.
Preston GreenTuesday, November 27, 2012 11:25:57 AMI don't get it.....where they in the truck while it was rolling...forget to set the parking break....truck malfunction cause the truck to roll....
Paul BurnsTuesday, November 27, 2012 11:28:03 AM$25,000....that's all for losing your legs and the other injuries?
Preston GreenTuesday, November 27, 2012 11:29:04 AMsounds like the ride to the hospital....
Pete GravellTuesday, November 27, 2012 11:30:44 AMAllot of Questions left Unanswered. Kinda low for the injury inflicted, especially if there was a lack of training by the operators. We should let this play out on it's own to get the facts first before we can judge.
Will DeringTuesday, November 27, 2012 11:49:05 AMThat amount must be a typo. People sue for millions for losing a finger. This guy lost BOTH his legs and he wants 25k?
Dusty KelleyTuesday, November 27, 2012 11:52:36 AMIt says "At Least $25,000" meaning it could be in the milions. Not enough info to say much more.
William HillTuesday, November 27, 2012 12:01:22 PMYour responsible for your own personal safety. Trained to operate or drive? Clearly if they responded each unit to the scene they were able to operate said units. Looks like a long investigation will follow.
Mark KnappTuesday, November 27, 2012 12:31:34 PMthis must be a task rarely used I never heard of pumping to one tanker to another usually its from a pump to tanker why was he standing between the rigs to begin with?
Matt WrayTuesday, November 27, 2012 1:00:17 PMthat man should get paid for the rest of his life no matter what from that fire company.
Steve PealTuesday, November 27, 2012 1:00:31 PMA Lot of need to know info is left out here.Lets hear the whole story be for we decide who's is right and wrong.
Richard KoleberTuesday, November 27, 2012 1:02:37 PM1. sorry to hear about the serious injuries. 2. on a fire ground, you keep your head on a swivel to keep things like this from happening. 3. Training, training, training. 4. no amount of money will bring back better health. 5. I SMELL A LAWYER WHO SEE'S A LOT OF MONEY COMING HIS WAY. :(
Andre GingrasTuesday, November 27, 2012 1:10:16 PMDuty of the Employer to make sure Employees are trained and operate safely. Sounds like this wasn't the case.
Mike OrmondTuesday, November 27, 2012 1:14:40 PMWheel Chocks...NFPA 1901! that's all I'm going to say....
Mike OrmondTuesday, November 27, 2012 1:15:30 PMwheel chocks....NFPA 1901!! that's all i have to say....
Richard KoleberTuesday, November 27, 2012 2:17:56 PMif there was a safety violation found during the after accident investigation, and the injured firefighter was at fault, that could affect the insurance paying for his injury and rehabilitation. Thus, the lawsuit.
Alma WilliamsTuesday, November 27, 2012 4:33:02 PMFirst, I think people sue other people too much. That said, the injured firefighter should have checked that the other rig was aware of him, and the other drivers should have checked that there was no impedence to their moving forward. It is a lose-lose situation! I am a nurse and have seen medical errors that the patient AND the doctor/other health care professional could have prevented. Does that make one party more responsible/liable than the other?
Mike OrmondTuesday, November 27, 2012 4:33:20 PMwell as i stated, wheel chocks...if I was one of the attorneys id ask about them, and it's obvious they were not used. the department who's D/O was operating that tanker will be at fault and by all means should be fined for not following NFPA standards. Driver/Operator-Pumper 101 YOU CHOCK YOUR WHEELS AFTER SETTING THE PARKING BREAK AND BEFORE PUTTING THE TRUCK INTO PUMP GEAR!!!!!
Joe ChretienTuesday, November 27, 2012 5:20:12 PMNot sure if I like it: In most (hopefully) injured workers, especially peace officers (cops and cop types) have benefits. As a firefighter, he may have benefits that most injured worker don't have. I notice that several of the responses refer to ""Wheel Chocks". Negligence or gross negligence is one thing (not sure what the legal terms mean). But what if one of the crew members saw people in extreme danger, and went t o hep them yelling for help his or herself, well that's another question. But if someone in the department meant to hurt or embarrass him....
Joe ChretienTuesday, November 27, 2012 5:21:49 PMAnd did he sign off on the 25 grand: if so why.....
Phillip GriffinWednesday, November 28, 2012 7:50:09 AMThart could not be further from the truth. WE are ALL responsible for each others safety , including yourself. We operate as a team. And just because somone manages to steer a tanker to a scene and pull a lever, DOES NOT make them qualified to operate. Did the drive have Emeergency Vehicle Operations Course? Had he/she ever trained on a cone course and practiced diminishing clearance drill. How long had they operated the tanker. How old was the driver, if under 21, that is a insurance issue as required by VFIS. Then you are correct, did the FF have one high Visibility clothing? If you only look out for your safety, then I feel teribly sorry for your FD.
Ronald DingessWednesday, November 28, 2012 8:54:30 PMREAD ALL THE COMMENTS. MANY FIREFIGHTERS MADE A DECISION WITHOUT ALL THE FACTS. SAFETY IS A MUST IN ANY INCIDENT. DEFINETLY A SERIOUS ACCIDENT HAPPENED, LETS GET ALL THE FACTS.GOD BLESS.
Xtreme FD LLCThursday, November 29, 2012 10:48:25 AMA great deal of information is missing here so I will withhold any judgement. However, I think this situation could happen most anywhere. The bottom line - The quality of your training and/or records rarely comes into question until its too late.
Charlie HaynesMonday, December 03, 2012 6:35:40 PMFirefighter Tadijanac suffered above-the-knee amuputations, organ system failures, vision loss, and cognitive dysfunction, according to the suit, and is asking for at least $25,000 in damages.
DOES NOT SEEM LIKE A LOT OF MONEY FOR ANY ONE OF THE PROBLEMS LET ALONE 2 LEGS GONE , VISION LOST, ETC. NEED MORE STORY.