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Police officers regularly sustain injuries and can experience work-related health problems while on duty. If you’ve been injured or have a health problem due to your police work, it’s critical you seek help by contacting one of our Sacramento workers’ compensation attorneys. Our lawyers can help give you a better understanding of the types of injury most common in policing and if police officers get workers’ compensation. We can also explain to you the benefits and compensation for injured police officers as well as the benefits for families of fallen police officers. If you need an expert in workers’ compensation, give us a call now at Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, P.C.
Which type of injury is most common in police officers?
Law enforcement jobs are often very physical. They can also be pretty unpredictable. Police officers are at greater risk of physical bodily harm resulting in injuries.
Police officers have a higher risk of musculoskeletal problems such as muscle strains, ligament sprains, and back pain. They’re also at risk of non-fatal injuries such as body motion injuries caused by overexertion and repetitive motion or stress on muscles and joints.
Police officers also have a higher risk of sustaining fatal injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, burn injuries, gunshot wounds, and severe neck and back injuries. These types of injuries are often caused by assaults, falls, altercations with suspects, road accidents, shooting incidents, or knife injuries.
Do police officers get workers’ compensation?
Yes, they are entitled to receive benefits under the workers’ compensation program. Work-related injuries, even non-fatal ones, make them eligible to receive benefits.
Even volunteers, part-time police officers, and apprentices who sustain injuries while on duty are eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim.
If you sustained an injury at work, you need to report the incident to your line manager immediately and have the report logged on your agency’s reporting system. If you’re not physically able to do so, have someone do it for you.
What are the benefits and compensation for injured police officers?
California’s workers’ compensation program for police officers typically covers the medical treatments for your injuries, lost wages, as well as benefits for temporary or permanent disability. In fact, you can even receive benefits that aren’t available to regular injured employees from other industries.
For example, you can opt to receive one year’s worth of your full salary in lieu of receiving disability benefits. The latter only gives you two-thirds of your income.
Also, if you were diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, tuberculosis, meningitis, pneumonia, hernia, low back problems, or exposed to biological or chemical agents typically used as a weapon of mass destruction, you also receive disability benefits. Even if you have a pre-existing medical condition that fits those listed above, it will be presumed as a work-related illness, and you will receive medical treatment for this condition.
What are the benefits for families of fallen police officers?
Families of police officers understand the risks involved in their loved one’s line of work. They know the chances of severe injury and permanent disability are high. They also know there is a high risk of death.
California’s workers’ compensation program protects police officers and their families. The spouse or partner of a fallen police officer can continue to collect health insurance benefits. Their children can also continue to receive health insurance benefits until they reach the age of 21. In addition, children are also given scholarships. The spouse also has the option to continue receiving health insurance benefits or collect a lump sum survivor benefit.
What can you do?
If you were injured in the line of duty and need help filing a workers’ compensation claim, know that you can reach out to us via phone or email. Our office, Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, P.C., is always open to you. Our lawyers will help you understand common policing injuries. If you want to know more about workers’ compensation benefits, compensation for injured police officers, and the benefits for families of fallen police officers, visit us now and let one of our Sacramento workers’ compensation attorneys help you with your case.