We usually imagine gunshot wounds or fights with dangerous assailants when we hear of officers killed in the line of duty. But often our police officers die at the hands of negligent drivers on our roads. According to one account, of 132 officers killed in our country in 2008, no less than 59 were killed in automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, and train accidents combined. In Arizona four patrolmen tragically lost their lives in 2008.
No feeling equals the heartache and sadness of families who lose a police officer. And many police officers are the primary income to their families.
Too often, officers’ families believe they have no right to bring claims outside of workers’ compensation in Arizona. These families lose the opportunity to receive compensation for the children of fallen officers.
Due to an archaic regulation known as the “firefighter’s rule,” there are ways that the government can deny payment to police officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty. But it is also true that a top Arizona personal injury attorney can often determine if there are ways for the family to receive workers’ compensation. Also, a lawyer can help the family of these fallen heroes receive personal injury settlement monies that go a long way financially. In cases where the tragedy is not as profound, but still involves severe injury, settlement monies can assist the police officer while he or she gets back on track.
If you have questions regarding a recent personal injury accident, please contact Breyer Law Offices, P.C., today by calling 623-930-8064.