Fighting for those who serve and protect us
While many occupations come with serious risks of severe injury and death for employees, almost none can match the inherent dangers which police officers and firefighters face in the ordinary course of their employment on a day-to-day basis. Few jobs are as physically demanding as that of a firefighter or police officer, as the line of duty frequently requires intense physical exertion on an emergency basis at a moment’s notice. Whether it is lifting a 300-pound patient or chasing a fleeing suspect, when duty calls, the body and mind can pay the price.
Due to the physical, mental and emotional sacrifices made by police officers and firefighters for the benefit of our society, the Illinois legislature has drafted many wonderful laws to benefit police officers and firefighters who suffer injuries in the course of serving and protecting the citizens of Illinois. These laws, including the Illinois Pension Code, the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Public Employee Disability Act, and the Public Safety Employee Benefit Act, just to name a few, all provide different benefits for qualifying firefighters and police officers who suffer injuries or death in the course of their employment. In many cases, an injured police officer or firefighter may qualify for benefits under all four of these laws.
Due to the multiple and overlapping laws which all provide unique benefits and all carry different requirements, it is extremely important for an injured police officer or firefighter to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who understands each law in order to maximize the potential benefits which the laws provide. If you have become injured and you believe it may be related to your job duties, you should contact attorney Brent Eames for a free consultation.