Law Enforcement Injury Lawyer Clayton County, GA
Most jobs available in the U.S. these days are relatively safe, but jobs categorized as law enforcement are not among those safe occupations. Police officers and other law enforcement officials put their lives and safety on the line each day to protect the public and – sooner or later – injuries tend to happen on the job. While there has been a lot of attention of late, and rightly so, on that small percentage of officers who abuse their power and fail to uphold their duty to protect and serve the public, we are aware that the great majority of our police officers are dedicated public servants that uphold the highest ideals of police work.
Here in Georgia, police officers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries arising “out of and in the course of employment.” However, getting approved for benefits is not always as easy as it should be. Even in the event that a claim is approved, it can be hard to know whether a worker has received the full amount of compensation or the appropriate medical care that they are entitled to under the law. Therefore, it can be a wise investment to seek help from an experienced law enforcement injury lawyer Clayton County, GA residents trust. Speaking with the team at Tillman & Associates in the wake of a job-related injury will help to ensure that you understand your legal options and that you ultimately receive all the compensation you’re entitled to in the wake of your injury.
Our Clayton County, GA law enforcement injury lawyer team can assist you, regardless of how you sustained your job-related injury. A few of the most common injuries that law enforcement officers face, include:
Injuries from Physical Attacks and Gunshots
This is clearly the scariest and most acute risk that police officers face in their work. Examples include:
- Being attacked by a suspect during an interaction
- Being stabbed or shot by a suspect
- Getting caught in crossfire and getting shot
- Being shot by your own weapon due to an accidental misfire or similar incident
- Becoming injured while subduing a suspect, even if he or she isn’t fighting back
If you’ve been injured in the ways listed above or in a similar fashion, you are entitled to compensation for medical bills, missed work and other financial challenges associated with the injuries.
Police work too often requires a hurry-up-and-wait approach. You may be stuck sitting for hours, followed by a foot chase and the need to engage a suspect. This reality can lead to:
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Shoulder and back injuries from tackling perpetrators
- Pulled muscles, sprains and strains
- Broken bones
Police officers carry a lot of equipment at nearly all times. This equipment is essential and much of it is designed to protect the officer in dangerous situations. But the equipment itself can also cause injuries. As an example, the weight of gun belts and the tools on them can lead to back injuries, knee injuries and chronic pain. Bulletproof vests can cause similar problems due to their size and weight. You may be entitled to benefits if you’ve developed a chronic medical condition related to your work, not just in the event that you suffer an acute injury. If you’re unsure of whether a specific injury makes you eligible for benefits, a Clayton County, GA law enforcement injury lawyer can help to clarify your situation.
Injuries In a Motor Vehicle
Motor vehicle accidents are among the likelier injury scenarios officers face. Few other occupations require you to speed through high traffic, blow through intersections, and chase fleeing suspects while trying to protect yourself and others on the road. Even if you do everything correctly, other drivers may not be paying attention, resulting in a car accident.
It is difficult to face life-or-death scenarios without suffering a mental and emotional toll. Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and other mental health conditions are common results of police work. These conditions need to be treated, and they are often covered by workers’ compensation particularly if associated with a physical job injury.
Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Options
We are proud to help the men and women of law enforcement collect the workers’ compensation benefits they need and deserve. To learn more about how we can help, contact our Clayton County, GA law enforcement injury lawyer team to arrange an initial consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.