Police workers put their lives on the line each time they go to work. In protecting the public and enforcing New Jersey laws, they run the risk of serious injuries when intervening in dangerous situations and in confronting violent offenders. Due to the nature of their work, police workers’ compensation claims end up being a common occurrence.
Unfortunately, there can be an abundance of red tape involved in processing claims. Unit supervisors and city or county insurance representatives may dispute how the injuries occurred or their severity, while being reluctant to allow time off for recovery. Having an experienced police worker injury claims attorney on your side can help to ensure your rights are protected, and that you get the benefits you deserve.
When facing bureaucratic delays and red tape, you need a trusted legal advocate in your corner, looking out for your best interests. As the result of your injuries you could be facing heavy medical expenses and the need for ongoing care and treatment, while being unable to work or even care for yourself. Even once you do recover, returning to your former position may not be an option, and you could find yourself facing reductions in pay and responsibility, impacting your career and pension.
At Schibell & Mennie, LLC, we understand how government hierarchies and police department officials can make a bad situation worse. We let you concentrate on recovering from your injuries, while we focus on getting you the total amount of New Jersey workers’ compensation benefits that you are entitled to.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that police workers in general have a great chance of suffering serious and potentially life threatening on the job injuries and occupational illnesses than workers in most other professions. Approximately 115 police workers are killed each year in the line of duty, while more than 30,000 others are injured. For these public servants and their family members, New Jersey workers compensation benefits can help meet medical costs while making up for lost income, while providing compensation for both temporary and permanent disability.
According to BLS statistics, acts of violence are one of the most common causes of police worker injuries, and often include gunshots, stabbings, and assaults. However, violence is not the only health threat these workers face. Other ways in which police workers are injured include:
The BLS reports that, In addition to the above, police workers are also susceptible to occupational illnesses caused by stress, as well as due to exposure to toxic substances and harsh chemicals.
Common types of injuries and illnesses suffered by police workers in New Jersey include:
The International Association of Chiefs of Police report that depression, anxiety, and other types of mental health issues are also common among police workers. Many experience vicarious trauma, which occurs when exposed to traumatic events in the lives of others. As a result of on the job stress, police workers are also at risk for illnesses such as heart attacks and strokes.
When on the job injuries and illnesses impact your health and threaten your ability to support yourself or your loved ones, get the professional legal representation you need and contact Schibell & Mennie, LLC today. Our experienced New Jersey police worker injury attorneys can advise you on your rights, while providing the guidance you need in filing claims. Get the benefits you are entitled to and call or contact us online to request your free consultation today.
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