Law Enforcement & Workers' Compensation
Legal Counsel for Police Officers Injured on the Job
Law enforcement is constantly placed in dangerous situations. They have to engage in high-speed car chases, deal with dangerous weapons, and are constantly at risk of being attacked by criminals.
Protective service occupations include a wide range of job types, such as:
- Police and sheriff's patrol officers;
- Supervisors of law enforcement workers;
- Bailiffs and jailers;
- Security guards; and
- Many other occupations.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), police officers have one of the highest rates of on-the-job injuries and fatalities. Sometimes, law enforcement officers receive injuries from which they can recover within a matter of days, weeks or months. Other times, they receive catastrophic injuries that can affect them for years or for a lifetime—or that can even be fatal.
Understanding Work-Related Injuries for Law Enforcement
BLS data for 2011 shows that when it came to receiving nonfatal work-related injuries that required days away from work, police officers had an incidence rate of 659 cases for every 10,000 full-time workers, which was five times higher than the incidence rate for all other occupations. Of those incidents, the median number of days away from work was 10 days.
The leading causes of injury were the following:
- 27% - Violence and other injuries caused by people or animals
- 23% - Overexertion and bodily reaction
According to the federal bureau's fatal occupational injuries data for 2011, there were 278 work-related fatalities among protective service occupations, which marked an increase from 261 in 2010.
Help from an Atlanta Workers' Compensation Attorney
Some law enforcement employees might avoid looking into their options for workers' compensation simply because they believe their injuries to be a regular part of the job. By doing this, they could end up cheating themselves of the full level of support that they need for their recovery. That is why you need a work injury lawyer in Atlanta to help you in seeking restitution.
If you are in law enforcement in Atlanta or anywhere in North Georgia and were injured as a result of your job, you should make sure to talk to a knowledgeable workers' compensation lawyer. Our team at Kaleita Law Firm, LLC has represented a number of law enforcement clients who were injured on the job, we are fully aware of how to deal with these types of situations, and we can help you take the right steps toward getting the benefits you need.
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