Work injuries can have severe physical and psychological consequences for law enforcement and public safety employees. After an on-the-job injury, these workers may find they are unable to immediately return to their former occupations and are incapable of paying the mounting costs of medical bills, therapy and other expenses. The process of applying for law enforcement workers compensation or Social Security disability benefits may add to the already confusing and frustrating situation faced by injured police officers, volunteer firefighters, emergency medical workers (EMS) and other public safety employees.
Our Columbus workers comp attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC have helped all types of employees in Ohio, including public safety employees and their families, receive fair workers comp and disability benefits for decades. Richard N. Larrimer founded Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC in 1929, and we have proudly fought for the rights of Ohio workers and their families ever since. If you are seeking experienced public safety or law enforcement workers compensation help, you have come to the right place.
Public safety employees, including police officers, firefighters, social workers and more, have some of the most important and difficult jobs in our communities. They provide emergency services to accident victims, defend us from crime, prevent the spread of deadly fires and protect the most vulnerable members of our society. Public safety jobs also come with risks that can result in physical injuries, occupational diseases or death. For example, police officers may regularly chase down and apprehend dangerous and armed criminals. Firefighters are frequently exposed to burning materials that may be carcinogenic. EMS workers may become injured after lifting people who need medical attention. Occupational hazards for public safety employees often cause temporary or permanent injuries. Risks associated with public safety jobs also include:
Some workers may find they are unable to return to work for many weeks, or ever able to return to work, after being injured on the job or on duty. Fortunately, police, EMS, volunteer firefighter and law enforcement workers compensation benefits can help provide income while recovering from these and other workplace injuries.
After suffering injuries on the job, the first step public safety employees should take is to fill out a written accident report and/or notify their supervisors. Police officers, EMS workers and firefighters would then file a First Report of Injury Claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. In the event public safety employees are unable to file a First Report of Injury Claim, their employers or physicians can file the form on their behalf. Workers in the public safety industry should discuss their situations with an attorney, as mistakes on workers comp paperwork in the beginning can end up causing problems in the future. Injury on duty claims can also be time consuming and daunting for people with little experience dealing with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation or the Social Security Administration. There are different types of workers compensation benefits available for injured public safety employees. For example, if a law enforcement officer is permanently disabled, he or she may be eligible for permanent total disability, which pays out benefits for life. Workers compensation for police officers and other public safety employees can vary, so it is important to receive help from an experienced work injury attorney.
State and local government as well as other agencies that employ officers, firefighters and public safety employees and their workers comp insurance carriers may attempt to wrongfully contest claims for workers compensation, making it necessary to appeal the denial with the Ohio Industrial Commission. By hiring a Columbus workers compensation attorney, injured or sick public safety employees have a better chance of having their workers comp and disability claims approved. Since 1929, workers comp law cases have been all our firm handles. We take pride in our ability to guide employees hurt on the job successfully through the application and Ohio workers compensation appeal process. Get answers to your questions about workers compensation for police officers, EMS workers comp or injury benefits for firefighters by calling our law firm location nearest you. We have offices in Shadyside, Newark, Zanesville and Columbus. You can also fill out our online case review form for free workers comp advice today.
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