When asked whether being a police officer is a dangerous job, most would
answer yes. However, it would seem that it would be most likely for an
officer to be
injured on the job while he or she is exposed to gunfire or other threats. This was not the
case for a Pittsburgh police officer who was recently injured while promoting
The driver of an SUV hit the police officer who was riding a motorcycle
along Penn Avenue and encouraging bicycle safety. The police officer was
transported to the hospital and was declared to be in stable condition.
A workplace injury usually results in unexpected medical expenses and lost
wages from time spent away from work while trying to recover. Pennsylvania
workers' compensation law provides employees with compensation to
help them cover these unexpected expenses that occur as a result of their
injury. At the same time, the law also prevents the employee from receiving
a windfall from the employer, therefore protecting both the employee and
Medical expenses and lost wages are the most typical types of compensation.
However, there are other types of compensation to which an employee may
be entitled, depending upon the nature of the injury. There is the possibility
of specific loss benefits. These will arise if the injury has resulted
in a permanent disability. In the very unfortunate situation that an injury
is fatal, the family of the deceased employee will be entitled to death
benefits. These benefits help them cover funeral expenses and other costs
associated with a fatal injury.
No matter what the nature of the accident and resulting injury is, it is
important to explore the opportunities for the receipt of workers'
compensation benefits. Although the situation may not seem severe at first,
it can quickly become stressful and overwhelming as expenses and difficulties
continue to arise and become insurmountable.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Pittsburgh police officer injured in motorcycle crash," Liz Navratil, Aug. 3, 2012