A Pennsylvania police officer was injured at work when her patrol vehicle
was rear-ended in the morning hours of Jan. 21. Prior to the injury, the
officer was investigating an accident, and her patrol SUV was parked on
the shoulder of the road along with other emergency response vehicles.
All vehicles at the scene had their emergency lights activated. The driver
of a Hyundai Santa Fe moved past construction and rescue vehicles, as
well as a flashing sign, before crashing into the rear of the officer's SUV.
Ten people, including the officer, the driver of the car and its three
passengers were taken to the hospital and treated for
Pittsburgh police officers and officers working throughout the state of
Pennsylvania are likely aware that workplace safety may be an issue at
any time while on patrol.
While some jobs certainly pose more of a risk of injury than others, workplace
injuries can occur in virtually every profession and under a wide range
of circumstances. When individuals are injured on the job, they are most
likely eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
Workers' compensation benefits can help the injured party pay for medical
expenses and lost wages. Eligibility for these benefits is based on a
few specific factors, including the following:
- Lost income if you cannot immediately return to work or cannot make the
same level of income due to the injury
- Medical benefits to pay for treatment, including prescription medicine,
hospital and clinic bills, physician expenses, etc.
- Benefits for permanent injuries
- Benefits for injuries resulting in death
Once the injured party's level of eligibility is determined, he or
she could receive these workers' compensation benefits up until a
full recovery. In some cases, eligibility may continue even after the
injured person has returned to work.
People in the Pittsburgh area who are employed in a dangerous workplace
should educate themselves with regard to their employer's workers'
compensation benefits, and try to do so prior to an injury. For those
who have been injured on the job, it is important to explore all of the
available options for obtaining due compensation for any workplace injury.
Source: Tredyffrin-Easttown Patch, "Tredyffrin officer recovering after accident," Bob Byrne, Jan. 24, 2012