While most people are thankful for the work done by law enforcement officers, few may actually spend much time thinking of the risks involved in fulfilling their daily duties. Theoretically anybody can suffer on-the-job injuries, but certain occupations are considered more dangerous than others. One group of high risk workers is law enforcement officers. A recent accident in California highlights the dangers involved for officers on the job.
According to reports, the accident happened shortly after 5 p.m. While responding to an emergency call, a deputy's vehicle collided with another vehicle. The deputy suffered serious injuries. Thankfully, his condition improved with treatment. Fortunately, the two civilian occupants of the other car did not suffer any serious injuries.
While there are no details regarding the injuries suffered, it can be expected that the deputy may need some time off work to recover from the accident. The possibility of lasting consequences can also not be excluded. Just like any other employee, he is entitled to claim workers' compensation for the on-the-job injuries he suffered while fulfilling his duties.
As is often the case with workplace injuries, the on-the-job injuries suffered by the deputy may have an impact on his ability to fulfil his duties at work. Californian employees who have suffered workplace injuries may elect to file workers' compensation claims through the state-regulated comp system. Damages awarded in a successful claim may assist injured employees in meeting associated expenses, such as medical and rehabilitation costs, as well as loss of income for time off work while recovering.
Source: dailynews.com, "LA County Sheriff's deputy injured in Palmdale crash", March 28, 2018