Government Workplace Injuries
Government careers, including firefighters and police officers, are some of the toughest and most stressful jobs to do on a daily basis.
Employees in this field spend each day keeping people safe, patrolling our streets and neighborhoods and preventing crime. They are extremely important to society, especially because they put their lives at risk every day. When working in the police force or in the fire sector, high-level injuries are always a risk.
Common Government Workplace Accidents
Stress. Police officers and fire fighters place physical stress on their bodies. They also develop mental stress, including post-traumatic stress disorders from witnessing tragic accidents.
Overexertion. Saving lives and preventing crime can lead to sprains and strains from physical activity like running, climbing, helping victims and falling from slipping.
Assaults. The police force commonly comes face-to-face with assaults while catching criminals. Unfortunately, physical attacks can also result in fatal or lifetime injuries.
Car accidents. Workers are commonly involved in car accidents when driving a vehicle or being struck by a car on foot. They often result from car chases, but sometimes also from confused, uninvolved drivers caught in the middle of an emergency.
Exposure to toxins and radiation. Serious health problems, including types of cancer, can develop over time from being exposed to harsh chemicals and toxins.
Common Government Workplace Injuries
Injuries and illnesses caused by government-related careers include:
- Repetitive use injuries
- Neck and back damage
- Shoulder injuries
- Burns, especially from fires
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Although security personnel workers understand how high-risk their careers are, it’s impossible to prepare for what could happen while on the job. Injuries for their line of work often result in high medical costs and not being able to return to work.
At Prior, Criner & Edwards Attorneys, we know that dealing with any type of work-related injury is tough. If you’ve been injured on the job, contact our lawyers for a free consultation. Our attorneys are ready to help guide you through the claims process and ease your mind of any worries.