Attorney Esequiel Solorio is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

What serious injuries do police officers commonly face?

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2024 | workers' compensation

Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve their communities. Policing is a challenging profession that exposes officers to various risks, including serious injuries that can occur in the line of duty.

Understanding these injuries is important for officers wondering about workers’ compensation.

Physical altercations

One of the most frequent risks police officers encounter is physical fights and altercations. While maintaining public order, officers may find themselves in confrontations with individuals who resist arrest or pose a threat.

The physical demands of subduing suspects put officers at risk of harm. These encounters can result in injuries such as long-term head trauma. 20% of traumatic brain injuries in America fall under a classification of something other than mild.

Car accidents

Patrolling the streets exposes officers to the constant danger of traffic accidents. Whether responding to emergencies or conducting routine traffic stops, officers face the risk of vehicles hitting them. These incidents can lead to severe injuries, including spinal cord trauma.

Weapon-related incidents

The presence of guns in criminal activities poses a significant threat to law enforcement officers. Officers may encounter armed suspects during routine calls or high-stakes situations. Unfortunately, these encounters can result in gunshot wounds, posing life-threatening risks.

Mental conditions

While not immediately visible, the mental strain on police officers is a serious problem that impacts their future and eventually, their physical health. The nature of the job, exposure to trauma and the constant need to be vigilant can lead to conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

The job of a police officer is fraught with dangers, and serious injuries may appear overwhelming at first. Acknowledging these risks is important for both the officers themselves and the places that employ them.