The workers’ compensation system is carefully constructed to protect both employers and their employees from the economic impact of on-the-job injuries. When an employee suffers an injury at work in California, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) can provide coverage for their medical expenses and the lost income incurred during their recovery period. In severe cases, workers’ compensation benefits can also compensate injured employees for long-term losses when they develop permanent disabilities from workplace injuries. In turn, workers’ compensation insurance shields employers from most financial liabilities stemming from their employees’ injuries. In California, every employer must carry workers’ compensation insurance.
Police and firefighters are public servants who routinely face severe risks of grievous workplace injuries. Police officers throughout California regularly encounter potentially damaging and life-threatening situations, and firefighters must risk their lives and face various medical risks every time they respond to emergency calls. As a result, both police officers and firefighters in California have the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits when they sustain injuries at work.
Workers’ Compensation Represention for Injured California Police and Firefighters​
Leviton, Diaz & Ginocchio is a team of experienced California workers’ compensation attorneys who can help our clients navigate the complex workers’ compensation claim system, resolve disputes regarding their claims, and secure the benefits they need following workplace injuries. While the workers’ compensation system aims to provide financial relief to injured workers, including police officers and firefighters working across California, many claimants encounter issues with their claims, from extended processing times and delays to unfair denials and even interference from their employers. If you or a loved one works as a police officer or firefighter anywhere in California and needs assistance with your workers’ compensation claim, we can help.
Injury Risks Facing Police and Firefighters in California​
Police officers have an inherently dangerous job. They must apprehend dangerous suspects at times and face gunfire, stab wounds, and damaging falls in pursuit of suspects. They must also navigate difficult and dangerous areas such as dilapidated buildings, narrow alleys, and multi-story buildings in conducting police business. Vehicle accidents are also a job risk for police officers when they must engage in high-speed pursuits.
Firefighters must contend with flaming structures. Although they have heavy-duty equipment designed to protect them from burns, they still face dangerous conditions such as structurally unstable buildings, smoke inhalation, and exposure to chemicals leaking from damaged buildings. In addition, both police and firefighters face risks of acute injuries every day on the job and medical complications from repeated physical stress and exposure to harmful substances.
Workers’ compensation can compensate medical expenses and lost income resulting from both acute injuries and accidents as well as more serious medical complications that gradually worsen over time. A California workers’ compensation attorney is an excellent resource for any police officer or firefighter who is unsure whether they qualify to file a workers’ compensation claim.
The attorneys at Leviton, Diaz & Ginocchio understand the stress and uncertainty that can follow any workplace injury and the unique risks facing law enforcement officers and firefighters who work tirelessly to keep California communities safe. Suppose you are a police officer or firefighter struggling with a workplace injury. In that case, we can guide you through the workers’ compensation claim process and help you secure the benefits you and your family deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a compassionate police/firefighters’ workers compensation attorney.

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