When most people in California and across the country think of the dangers that police officers face, they most often consider the risks related to apprehending dangerous criminals. However, police officers work in a variety of different fields, and the risks they face are diverse. For example, in a case that may ultimately result in a workers’ compensation claim, and perhaps other options for legal recourse, one officer was injured and another killed in a helicopter crash.
The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in early May. According to reports, law enforcement officers received a call about bodies in a body of water. As a result, officers used a helicopter. Unfortunately, reports indicate that the helicopter crashed within minutes of taking off. Two officers were transported to the hospital; one is listed in critical condition while another died in the accident.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing with officials saying that it is being treated as a homicide. Reports claim that there were calls about shots fired from across the street where the accident happened; six people have been taken into custody, but there reportedly no indication that the crash was as a result of being shot down. Though the crash occurred at an apartment complex, the pilot was reportedly able to avoid striking any residential buildings, and no other injuries were reported.
Unfortunately, one officer is left to overcome significant injuries while the deceased officer left behind a wife and two children. Often, a workplace accident such as this can create physical, emotional and financial strain on victims, including surviving family members in the event of a fatality. Though they may be entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits, many people who are in similar situations are unaware of their rights and may be unable to adequately negotiate with an insurance company during a time that is already stressful. As such, those who have been in a similar situation in California opted to ask an experienced professional to help guide them through the process.