Working in construction zones and working as a police officer both come with potential risks. In fact, according to findings from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average police officers are three times more likely than all other occupations to suffer a fatal injury while working. Of these fatal injuries, nearly one third of them take place on the roads. Thankfully, not all injuries are fatal, although some are serious and may lead to lengthy recovery time or debilitating injuries that affect one’s ability to work.
Last week a police officer from Randolph, New Jersey was injured when a driver plowed into his police car. The officer was monitoring a construction zone on the Sussex Turnpike with cones and barricades set up at the site to act as a detour for oncoming vehicles. According to reports, he was sitting in his car with emergency lights on at the time of the accident.
Following the accident, the other driver was arrested and charged for driving while intoxicated, as well as other drug-related charges and motor vehicle summons. The driver was not injured, but both vehicles suffered extensive damage and the officer had to be taken to a hospital for treatment.
If you have suffered a work-related injury that is expected to last for more than a year or ultimately end in death, you may qualify for benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance program. Considering the complexity of the application process and the severity of the injury, it may be helpful to seek advice from a local firm that handles Social Security Disability benefits for assistance.
Source: Randolph Reporter, “Man crashes into Randolph Police vehicle, injuring officer,” Jan. 21, 2016