Law enforcement officers in California and across the country are dedicated to helping those they have been sworn to protect. In many cases, this requires them to speed toward potential dangers, often putting their own lives at risk. Unfortunately, reports indicate that a deputy in another state recently lost his life in an accident that happened while he was responding to a call. Because of this, certain surviving family members may be entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits.
The incident that led to the man’s death happened just after 11:30 p.m. on a night in mid-November. According to reports, the 27-year-old deputy, who had been on the force for six months, was responding to reports of shots fired. Unfortunately, reports indicate that he lost control of his vehicle while doing so.
The vehicle reportedly exited the roadway before hitting a ditch and rolling multiple times. A second deputy, who was following behind, was the first to arrive at the scene. Unfortunately, reports indicate that the man died approximately 30 minutes after the accident happened.
Even first responders who know they may be putting their own lives at risk continue to work for those who need help. Unfortunately, an accident such as this can create serious injuries or result in death, as in this incident, leaving survivors — including family members — coping with the emotional, physical and financial consequences of a work-related accident. Even though these victims may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, they may be unsure of how or be unable to proceed while coping with the consequences. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help those in such a situation in California throughout the compensation process.