Police Officers and Work-Related Injuries
The brave and dedicated men and women who work in law enforcement fearlessly face an array of unique challenges and life-threatening situations on a daily basis. Police officers are more susceptible to work-related injury than most other professions.
While trying to keep our communities safe, police officers tackle complicated and dangerous situations. From nabbing robbers to confronting hardened criminals, law enforcement officers frequently encounter life-threatening situations that can cause injury.
In addition to the duty-related use of firearms and weapons, police officers often encounter criminals with weapons of their own, situations that put officers in mortal peril. Although police officers wear protective gear, they are more likely to incur injuries as a result of violent acts from criminals than the general population.
Workers' Compensation Claims Attorney for Law Enforcement Officers in Miami, FL
Call an attorney at The Hoffman Firm to discuss your workers' compensation claim after an on-the-job injury as a police officer or law enforcement officer in Miami or the surrounding areas of South Florida. We represent law enforcement officers who work at city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
An attorney at The Hoffman Firm can help you resolve your workers' compensation claim by fighting for the best possible terms. Call our experienced workers' compensation lawyer today at (305) 940-2307 to discuss your case.
Accidental Injuries & Communicable Diseases
Law enforcement officers often confront harsh working conditions that can lead to an accident on the job. Police officers who are on patrol may encounter dangerous driving situations that have the potential to cause an accident. Additionally, police officers frequently respond to crime scenes, which may increase the chance of exposure to bodily fluids and communicable diseases. A simple slip and fall that happens in the course a law enforcement officer's duties can also result in an injury.
When any injurious event occurs in the line of duty, police officers need to seek immediate medical attention. After seeking the proper medical care, it is important to file a Workers’ Compensation claim.
Recovery from a work-related injury has the potential to result in lost wages, increased medical expenses, and rehabilitative services. Securing Workers’ Compensation benefits can help relieve the financial burdens associated with a work-related injury.
Injuries from Confrontations with Criminals
Police officers face perilous situations in many of their everyday encounters. A traffic stop can become dangerous if a suspect is impaired, combative, armed, or a fugitive. Domestic situations can be violent. Certain crime scenes may be active, with suspects at large, heightening the danger.
On-the-job injuries may result in any of these situations, resulting in a police officer's inability to return to work for a period of time, or in some cases, return to the original job.
Police departments are supposed to take care of officers who are injured in the line of duty, but often a dispute arises about the extent of the injury and the time and expense required for a full recovery.
Florida Statutes, Title XXXI, Chapter 440, Section 440.091 — Read the portion of Florida's Workers' Compensation laws that apply to law enforcement officers and other first responders injured in the line of duty.
Workers' Compensation Attorney for Law Enforcement Officers in Miami, FL
If you are a law enforcement officer who has been injured on the job, it is important to obtain quality legal assistance. When recovering from an injury, it can be difficult to keep track of Workers’ Compensation requirements to ensure you are receiving the maximum benefit. If you have questions about the process or are seeking assistance in building a case, contact The Hoffman Firm today.
For law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders who are injured on the job, it is wise to seek out the services of an experienced workers' compensation attorney with offices conveniently located in the City of Aventura, serving North Miami and surrounding areas throughout Miami-Dade County and South Florida.
An attorney at The Hoffman Firm can help you pursue a workers' compensation claim by fighting for the best possible terms. Call (305) 940-2307 today to discuss your law enforcement injury case.
This article was last updated on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Evan A. Hoffman
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