Law enforcement officers perform extremely important jobs in our communities. These men and women
place themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe, and are frequently
at risk for injuries and illnesses. Like any other employee injured at
work, police officers are eligible to collect workers’ compensation
benefits for their injuries. If you’ve been injured in the line
of duty, it’s important to understand your rights.
How Do I Know My Injury Will Be Covered by Workers’ Comp?
If your injury occurred while you were on the job or due to your work,
it is likely that it will be covered by workers’ compensation. Because
of the inherent risks of law enforcement and public safety jobs, these
employees are often entitled to additional compensation beyond what a
civilian would receive.
Will I Need to Prove the My Injury is Work-Related?
There are dozens of risks a police officer faces every day, including car
accidents, exposure to toxins and chemicals, assault, and overexertion.
Because of this, there are certain presumptions made that ease the burden
of proof for law enforcement officers. They will not need to prove that
their injuries are a result of their work, but rather it is up to their
employer to prove that the injuries are not work-related. This makes the
process simpler for injured officers.
Are Stress-Related or Psychological Illnesses Covered by Workers’ Comp?
Policing is a stressful job, and officers are at a higher risk of stress-related
conditions and mental illnesses. Because of the challenges of the job,
it is likely that you will be able to recover compensation for any expenses
or lost income that results from these conditions. Stress can cause physical
illness, so it is important to check in with your doctor for signs of
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Injured in the Line of Duty?
Many officers fail to report injuries, even if they are serious. Whether
it’s because they feel that injuries are a part of the job, or out
of loyalty to their department, it’s still a mistake to neglect
to file an injury report after you’ve been hurt. Report any injuries
to your supervisor as soon as possible to begin the reporting process.
You may also wish to contact an experienced workers’ compensation
attorney to help you through the rest of the process and to protect your rights.
workers’ compensation lawyer is ready to fight for you. Michael J. Doyle, Attorney at Law understands
the challenges law enforcement officers face when filing injury claims
with their employer’s worker’s compensation insurance, and
we’re dedicated to ensuring you receive the compensation and benefits
you’re entitled to.
Schedule a free consultation to discuss your claim today. Call (505) 219-2176 to begin.