If you are a police officer in New York, then you are probably exposed
to numerous dangerous situations on a daily basis. In fact, you may have
been harmed in pursuit of a criminal or while chasing an offender. If
you have been injured in any way, then you have the responsibility to
report your injury immediately. Report to your supervisor and make sure
that he or she reports the injury online as soon as possible. As well,
if you are an injured officer you need to seek treatment almost immediately.
You will want a medical professional to inform you of your condition and
write up the necessary documents to prove your ailments. Even if you are
not sure how you are going to afford the costs associated with your injuries,
you should still get the assistance necessary.
After you have visited a doctor, you will want a doctor’s note which
will declare that you are diagnosed with a certain ailment or injury.
The note will also contain details about when you should be able to return
to work. Because a doctor will determine the amount of time you need for
a healthy recovery, you may be able to obtain damages for the lost wages
you need to sacrifice in order to have a healthy recovery. You also need
to call your supervisor after every medical visit so that he or she can
keep a record of the times that you have been to the physician and understand
when your potential return-to-work date is.
If you follow all of these instructions, then chances are that the police
department will be required to pay for your medical bills and prescriptions.
In addition, you may be able to waive any copayments, and the establishment
will cover every expense in relation to the accident. You may also be
able to receive reimbursement for treatment-related travel. This means
that you can get money to cover the gas expenses to and from the medical
care provider appointments. This is especially helpful for men and women
who have to drive a significant distance to visit their physician. You
can also receive compensation for your lost work time.
If you continue working after your injury, but need to go to your appointments
within normal working hours, then you can also receive compensation for
these missed hours. If you never fully recover from your injury, then
you may qualify for permanency benefits from the police department. You
can also open a file claim with your state if you deem it necessary. Most
states have a time limit on when these claims can be filed. After you
determine how much time you have to file the claim, you can write up a
worker’s compensation claim with the help of a skilled lawyer at Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman.