Injured Police Officer? Workers' Comp May Not Be Your Only Option

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, P.A., we have a long, proud history of helping injured police officers obtain the full amount of compensation they deserve after being hurt on the job. In some cases, that means helping them make sure they claim and receive every penny they are due in workers' compensation benefits.

We have represented many law enforcement personnel who were hurt in the course of duty. It's something attorney Michael P. Burakoff cares deeply about, and he has achieved substantial results for officers. To serve you best and protect your rights, we want to make sure you know that workers' compensation may not be your sole option if you are injured on the job.

If your injury was caused by a third party's negligence or wrongdoing, that party may owe you compensation for your injury. Contact us now for a free case evaluation.

What Kinds of Accidents Could Entitle Me to Injury Compensation Beyond Workers' Comp?

The New Jersey workers' compensation system is basically a trade-off. Virtually every employer must provide qualifying workers' comp insurance that essentially pays out whenever a worker suffers an injury on the job. In return, employers are basically exempt from being sued for negligence by their workers.

Workers' compensation is available regardless of fault, so it pays out even if your injuries were caused by someone other than your employer — as long as those injuries are legitimately job-related. A third party that injures you, however, does not get an exemption from lawsuits.

All types of law enforcement personnel — police officers, sheriff's deputies, troopers, patrol officers, corrections workers, probation and parole officers — are routinely put in harm's way. Far too often, they do not realize they could be eligible for compensation from third parties in common situations such as:

  • Being hit by a car while driving a police vehicle
  • Being struck by a passing car while writing a ticket or investigating an accident scene
  • Being in a car accident while using your own car for work purposes
  • Being in a crash caused by motor vehicle defects or defective parts
  • Being hurt in a slip-and-fall or another accident caused by dangerous property conditions

Will My Personal Injury Award Cancel Out My Workers' Comp Benefits?

You may have heard that it is not worth trying to sue a third party, no matter how much at fault it was, because your personal injury award will just be credited toward your workers' comp account. Don't believe it.

Employers and workers' comp insurers do get a credit when your injury was caused by another party's negligence or wrongdoing, but it won't cancel out your benefits. Most people will receive substantially more money by holding that third party financially accountable for what it cost you.

Don't Abandon Your Lawful Benefits. Get a Free Consultation Now.

Michael P. Burakoff has been a personal injury lawyer for more than 35 years. Explain what happened to you, and he can tell you whether you have a good case, and it costs you nothing to find out. Call 973-813-7672 or contact us online to set yours up.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, P.A., has offices in Morristown, West New York and Newton, or we can meet with you at home or in a medical facility, if needed. We take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you owe no legal fees unless we are successful in your case.