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Can Police Officers Get Workers' Compensation Benefits

Police officers put their lives on the line to protect and serve their communities. If you’re a police officer, you know better than anyone all of the hazards your job can expose you to. You’re called into potentially dangerous situations where you aren’t sure about who or what in your immediate environment can hurt you.

Fortunately, police officers are eligible for workers’ comp benefits throughout California. This is crucial because officers risk immense physical harm and serious bodily injury each time they respond to a call.

Like other occupations, law enforcement officers are eligible for the following workers’ comp benefits:

  • Medical bill and treatment coverage
  • Lost income from missed work
  • Disability payments
  • Death benefits (if injuries are fatal)

This means that those who protect their communities against crime and perform all sorts of other services for the public can get what they need in financial compensation after an accident.

Applying for workers’ comp, though, can be tricky whether or not you’re a police officer. That’s why Smolich & Smolich generally recommends hiring legal counsel to advise you through the workers’ comp application process. This is an important application where every detail matters and mistakes can put your access to much-needed financial assets at stake.

If you are denied benefits for any reason, Smolich and Smolich can also help you appeal the decision and fight for what you need.

For more information about how we can help, get in touch with our firm online or by calling (916) 571-0400.

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