The police play an important role in society by enforcing the rule of law while also ensuring the safety of fellow citizens. Law enforcement workers put their bodies and lives on the line on an almost daily basis while on duty. This is why when a police officer is hurt in an on-the-job incident he or she may be able to obtain workers' compensation benefits. Recently, one police officer in New Jersey was awarded thousands of dollars in workers' compensation benefits.
The police officer was able to obtain a $17,010 compensation settlement as a result of injuries sustained in three different incidents. The first incident occurred in late Oct. 2010 when the officer injured his left knee while attempting to apprehend a domestic violence suspect. The officer then re-injured the same knee in another incident.
The second injury to his knee happened when he tried to pull a driver out of a vehicle on an embankment. During this second incident, the driver had become violent and attempted to throw the police officer over the embankment. The third injury suffered by the officer happened when he hurt his hand as he was side-swiped by a speeding vehicle.
Any person in New Jersey who suffers an on-the-job injury could potentially qualify for benefits, which might help replace lost wages from not being able to work. However, it may be helpful to have knowledge of workers' compensation laws in order to navigate through the legal process of applying for benefits. Also, those who have lost loved ones who died in workplace accidents may be able to obtain death benefits through workers' compensation.
Source: The Alternative Press, "City Cop Gets $17,010 in Workers Comp Case," Dec. 12, 2012