Anyone who works for a public employee has the same rights to file a workers’ compensation claim and the same benefits and protection as any other worker. In fact, police officers are always on duty. Even if an officer responds to a crime in his or her civvies, it’s still compensable.
If you’ve been injured, you may be entitled to lost detail pay, lost overtime pay, and compensation for pain, suffering, scarring, and other issues if your injury involves one of the following:
- Cruiser & Motorcycle Accidents
- Stolen MV Pursuits
- Directing Traffic
- Defective Premises
- Snow & Ice
- Road Jobs & Other Details
- Resisting Arrest & Foot Pursuits
- Domestics & Protective Custody
- Dogs Bites, Chases, etc.
- Injuries During Rescues
- Toxic Substance & Disease at Exposure
- Injury in the Classroom
How BWC Compensation Relates to Other Disability Retirement Programs
Police officers who retire under the Police & Fire Disability Pension Fund are generally eligible for all forms of workers’ compensation in addition to their police and fire benefits. Likewise, non-police City of Columbus employees who retire under the Public Employees Retirement System (“OPERS” or “PERS”) are still eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The same applies to Ohio state troopers and deputy sheriffs.
Individuals who receive Social Security Disability benefits are entitled to also receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, the Social Security Administration does calculate an offset of benefits when the claimant concurrently receives workers’ compensation.
At Taubman Law we have represented hundreds of cops, firefighters, and other public employees from cities including but not limited to Shaker Heights, Beachwood, University Heights, Parma, Parma Heights, Cleveland, and Columbus. If you’re a public employee who was injured on the job, contact us today for a free consultation about your claim.